13. The forest police


The dogs Kira and Cody are on vacation in the mountains with Padroncina (Mom) and Amicone (Buddy). But this is not a very relaxing vacation! Read and listen to a story in Italian with 15 short chapters and live a very adventurous and thrilling vacation! With this story you’ll improve your Italian, particularly your listening and reading skills, and your vocabulary. The story is suitable for beginners and more advanced learners.

La polizia del bosco

The village is not far away, but Padroncina cannot walk. How can we get there?


La polizia del bosco

Le aquile volano sempre più in basso e infine appoggiano delicatamente la zattera sul fiume, vicino alla riva. I pirati gettano l’ancora e la zattera si ferma.
«Siamo arrivati» dice Capitan Castoro. «Da qui dovete proseguire a piedi, il paese non è lontano. Dovete solo seguire il sentiero.»
A pochi metri dalla riva, tra gli alberi del bosco e i cespugli, c’è un piccolo sentiero.

Cody ed io ci prepariamo a scendere e anche Padroncina prova ad alzarsi in piedi, ma non ci riesce. È molto debole e non riesce a muovere la gamba. Deve essere proprio rotta. Accidenti, questa non ci voleva!
Con l’aiuto dei castori riusciamo a portarla a riva, ma sicuramente non riusciamo ad arrivare fino al paese… Cosa possiamo fare?

E mentre rifletto su una possibile soluzione, da dietro gli alberi compare un lupo. Anzi, due lupi. Tre, quattro, cinque, sei… una decina di lupi!
Ci mancava solo questa… penso esasperata. Ma quanti animali vivono in questo posto?
«Salve, agente!» dice Capitan Castoro allegramente.
Uno dei lupi fa alcuni passi avanti. “Buongiorno, Capitano.”
Agente? Non dirmi che questi sono…
«Un cervo ci ha informato di un incidente al fiume» dice il lupo. «Vedo che si tratta di un umano. Di solito non ci intromettiamo nelle faccende degli umani, ma questa volta faremo un’eccezione, visto che sono coinvolti anche due cani…» dice guardando me e Cody.

Incredibile! La polizia del bosco esiste davvero! Penso osservando affascinata questi grandi e bellissimi lupi.


13. The forest police

The eagles fly lower and lower and finally lay gently the raft on the river, close to the shore. The pirates drop the anchor and the raft stops.
«We have arrived» says Captain Beaver. «From here you must continue on foot, the village is not far away. You only have to follow the path.»
A few meters from the shore, between the trees of the forest and the bushes, there is a small path.

Cody and I are getting ready to go down and also Mom tries to stand up, but she can’t. She’s very weak and can’t move her leg. It must be broken. Damn, that’s not good!*
With the beavers’ help, we can get her ashore, but we can’t make it to the village… What can we do?

And while I think of a possible solution, a wolf appears from behind the trees. Or rather, two wolves. Three, four, five, six… a dozen** wolves!
That’s all we need*… I think exasperated. How many animals live in this place?
«Hello, Officer!» says Captain Beaver cheerfully.
One of the wolves takes a few steps forward. «Good morning, Captain.»
Officer? Don’t tell me these are…
«A deer informed us of an accident at the river» says the wolf. «I see it’s about a human. Usually we don’t meddle in human affairs, but this time we’ll make an exception, since two dogs are involved…» he says looking at me and Cody.

Unbelievable! The forest police are real! I think, watching fascinated these big and beautiful wolves.

*The expressions questa non ci voleva and ci mancava solo questa are very similar and can both be translated as “That all I needed” or “That was the last thing I needed”. Or, in the alternative, “this is not good”.
**Una decina means liteally about ten.

àncora anchor
ancòra still, again
capitàno captain
càpitano (they) happen


Fonte immagine: Upklyak

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