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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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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 |
This is a book about a boy who was considered foolish compared to the rest of his brothers. He embarks on a trip on a flying ship and eventually ends up winning the hand and love of the Czar's daughter. ( )
  RiaO | Sep 19, 2013 |
This is a story about a boy, considered a fool by others, who ends up winning the hand and heart of a princess because of the very attributes he was scorned for. The story is humorous and heartwarming. While the array of characters kept my attention, my focused remained on the fool. I was rooting for him the whole time. So many moral tales focus on the brains or courage or cunning of its main characters; I particularly love this story because the protagonist is kind and simple and has faith in others and he relies on that faith to reach his goal.

Ransome's retelling is well written and poetic and Shulevitz's colorful illustrations provide a good atmosphere for the story. Like many older tellings of folk tales it is in the form of a longer picture book but it kept my attention the whole time. ( )
  Maryk205 | Jun 4, 2013 |
This story is a bit wordier than your normal "picture book," but it's an interesting Russian tale about a son with the lowest expectations from his family, who ends up with the Princess. The "Fool of the World" gets the prize in the end, beating out his sharper brothers, by sharing his food with a stranger at the beginning of the story, and following that stranger's advice (which, thank goodness, was good in this case!). Enjoyed the illustrations a lot--Uri Schulevitz strikes again! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 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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