The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

imgresRansome, Arthur, and Uri Shulevitz. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.

Brief summary: When the Russian Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the mail who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck. He picks up some rather unusual characters along the way that will end up helping him a great deal.

Classroom uses: Great for fables and fairy tales unit, as the tale is a classic Roman folk tale. Could also use the book as an introduction to the country of Russia in social studies. Introducing new words: what is a Czar and how is it different than a King or even a President?

Awards: 1969 Caldecott Medal

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library

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