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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale (edition 1968)

by Arthur Ransome, Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)

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Title:The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
Authors:Arthur Ransome
Other authors:Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (1968), Hardcover, 48 pages
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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome

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I liked this book because a lot happens but it all makes sense in the end. It is an old tale about a family. A wife and husband, and their 3 sons. The 2 oldest sons were handsome and intelligent. The 3rd son was a fool and not the brightest. One day they hear of the Czar's daughter looking for a man to be her new husband, the catch is, that man has to provide a flying ship. The 2 eldest boys set out on the journey to go find a flying ship and bring it to the Czar. The boys were never to be found again. The fool thought to himself that he would do the same. And so he did. Along his way, he ran into an old man. The man told him that he could tell him how to get a flying ship, however, he must let every man he sees on journey onto the ship. And so the fool does. As he arrives to the palace of Czar, he had many different men on the ship. They all stood back and waited as the fool went to go retrieve his bride. The Czar was taken aback and had not realized any man would bring him a flying ship. He set the fool out to do many hard tasks that the Czar thought he would not accomplish. However, the fool accomplished every hard-ship with the help of the men he brought along his saying ship. Each man had a different talent such as, laying sticks down to retrieve an entire army, turning heat into cold ice, etc. The Czar was impressed and allowed the fool to marry his daughter. I thought that this was a really interesting concept as I was reading. After I read this, I thought the old man that led the fool on his journey was some sort of wizard. He knew that the fool would need extra help, which is why he told him to take every man he saw on his journey, aboard on the shop. The old man knew the fool's fate.
  brittanyyelle | Oct 28, 2015 |

The Czar of the land declares to all of the people, that anyone who delivers to him a flying ship may have his daughter’s hand in marriage. The Fool of the World is believed by his parents to be unremarkable and easily forgettable next to his clever brothers, is determined that he can accomplish this as anyone else could and takes off at once. Believing that God Loves and provides for the simple folk, The Fool finds his flying ship and several extraordinarily talented men. Once the ship is delivered, the Czar has some challenging tasks for The Fool to complete before he can marry the princess, which he is able to do successfully. The Fool of the World becomes a clever and fortunate man

Personal Reaction: To me this story was very cute, I mean who doesn't love a good underdog story! Like most traditional folktales, with a stock character (the magical ancient man), flat characters (The Fool, unsupportive parents who prefer their more clever sons), and this one ends "happily ever after". This story was unique to me in the fact that the main character is not of royalty or a recipient of much financial support, kind of like an adventurous Cinderella, but still manages to find their "happily ever after".

Classroom Extensions:

1. Have students analyze the main character and his background. Have students talk about other stories they know and like that contain characters that are more fortunate and if that difference makes them feel differently about this particular story. Also have students create their own crowns as a craft project.

2. Several characters in the story are men with some fantastic talents. Have students think about what talent or superpower they would like to have and what problems or obstacles they could overcome with this ability. Allowing time for dramatic play with their newly acquired talents would provide an opportunity for students to explore new adventures.
  KaitlynBlevins | Feb 12, 2015 |
The Fool of the World hears the czar's offer to give his daughter away in marriage to anyone who can give him a flying ship and he sets off to do so. Many well educated men try to give the czar a flying ship but fail. The Fool of the World gets a flying ship after an encounter with a stranger in the woods. Along the way to the palace, the Fool meets other strangers who all have unique talents and invites them on the journey. I appreciate how the book tries to celebrate talents no matter how odd they may seem, but that is the only part of the book I enjoyed The book did not hold my attention and about halfway through I became totally uninterested. ( )
  mferaci | Feb 7, 2015 |
Caldecott winner, 1969
illustrated storybook about a peasant who overcomes obstacles to win the Czar's daughter's hand.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
I thought this book was weird and not good for kids. The concept is not really there. ( )
  lnmeadows | Nov 19, 2013 |
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When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.

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When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.

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