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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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Niether my son or I cared for this at all. Why should this simpleton have all this help? And who are these helpers? Nonsense. However, if these are the kinds of fable Russians are raised with, maybe that explains why the nation doesn't do so well. :(

I've received a private message giving the opinion that my above review insults the Russian nation.

(1) I don't know why the messenger didn't post a journal entry, to share his or her opinion with the bookcrossing community, which is the point of bookcrossing, and

(2) I don't understand how my review is insulting. It's a *fact* that Russia (and the Soviet Union) aren't doing (didn't do) so well. The government is corrupt, the people are hungry, dissidents are jailed and poisoned... and perhaps fables that advocate contentment in foolishness contribute to the troubles of the country.

That being said (3) I've got no agenda against the Russian people and I wish them all the good fortune they can muster the strength to seek.?" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
"The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship" is a Russian tale of a fool and his journey to success despite the expectations of everyone who knew him. The Czar is ready to give his daughter in marriage to the first man to present a flying ship to him. The fool journey's to the palace without a plan, and along the way encounters just the right people to complete the task and win the Czar's daughter. In the end, the two fall in love and the fool becomes clever. The moral of the story, stated at the beginning of the book, is a religious one. The book states that God rewards the simple folk. The story also has secular morals. It teaches the reader that there is no need to label people and decide what they can and can not do. It teaches the reader that kindness leads to good things and that no matter how impossible the task, you never know what might happen if you give it a try.
  kquisling | Jun 3, 2016 |
In the tradition of most folktales, the third son, neither clever nor wealth nor important, sets out to find his fortune. And through his kindness and obedience to those wiser then him, he gains friends, fortune, and love. My issue with it is that it doesn't seem to be anything outside your normal folktale. Why the praise? True, the illustrations are lively and colorful, and the story fun, but nothing worth a medal. Fine for a school or home library. ( )
  empress8411 | Mar 13, 2016 |
This book is about a fool and his family thought very little of him. The king made an announcement that whoever brought him a flying ship could marry the princess. With the help of an old man the fool gets a flying ship. On the way he picks up everyone he runs into, and they are full of many different talents. Together they outsmart the king. GENRE: folktale. USES: good illustrations, working together. MEDIA: ink and watercolor.
  Adrinnon | Feb 16, 2016 |
The Fool of the World was far from a fool at all. As he noticed the vibrancy and beauty in the world, even in the mundane; the illustrator captures this simplicity in a majestic display of energetic color and technique. The use of hatching and cross-hatching kept the art effortless while using vivid colors to enhance the entire story experience. The Fool never gave up and proved that genuinely good people can rise above any impediment with the right friends and right state of mind. ( )
  dbuster | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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