Alice in Wonderland

In this lesson you'll find a reading passage from the book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."


“Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” is a novel by Lewis Carroll published in 1865. He invented a lot of funny characters like The Hatter and The Cheshire Cat.

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Alice in Wonderland - Plot

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, also known as Alice in Wonderland, is an 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll. It is the story of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by strange creatures like The White Rabbit, The Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and the evil Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland - Passage

This is the beginning of Chapter 1.

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?' So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.


Download the worksheet below to read the full passage!

Alice in Wonderland - Glossary

Here's some words you may not know:

  • To peep into: Sbirciare
  • Daisy-chain: Collana di margherite
  • Afterwards: In un secondo momento
  • Waistcoat: Gilet/Panciotto
  • Pocket: Tasca
  • Rabbit hole: Tana di coniglio
  • Hedge: Siepe

Alice in Wonderland - Open questions

Read the passage again and answer the following questions:

  • Is Alice alone at the beginning of the passage?
  • Where does Alice fall into?
  • What is the rabbit like? Use your own words.

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton

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Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland inspired a lot of people, including movie directors like Tim Burton.

Watch the official movie trailer of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and, if you like, watch the full movie in English!