Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale retold by Arthur Ransome and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Synopsis: 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. (from the online description)

Review: 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. 

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: 1969 Caldecott Medal

ISBN: 978-0-374-42438-1
Year Published: 1968
Date Finished: 3-13-2016

Pages: 23

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