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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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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".

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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 |
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 |
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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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