A Russian Tale: The Fool Of The World And The Flying Machine

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The Fool Of The World And The Flying Ship

Humorous Tale of Magic and Faith with Great Illustrations

Russian Folktale about determination and friendship

The Caldecott Medal

Retold by Arthur Ransome
Pictures by Uri Shulevitz

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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.


"A delightful picture-book version of the Russian folktale about the simple third son who, through the magical powers of the Listener, Swift-goer, Drinker, and others, performs the tasks set by the Czar and wins the princess. The handsome illustrations which fill the pages with animation and gleaming colors have a folk character and Russian flavor." --Starred, Booklist
-- Review

First Sentence:
There were once upon a time an old peasant and his wife, and they had three sons.

I really liked this book. It's a clever one!

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