The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

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Illustrator
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1968
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Curriculum
  • Character-Building Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum

In this retelling of a famous Russian folktale, our hero, The Fool, is a peasant who does not seem to have much that the world would value.  Even his parents don't think much of him.  When the czar announces that he will give his daughter, the princess, in marriage to anyone who can bring him a flying ship, the Fool decides to set out and be the one to win her hand.

So begins the adventure.  As the Fool journeys on and on, he meets a string of fellows, one by one, and each has a special ability.  Through his own self-confidence and wits, the Fool overcomes each obstacle that threatens his success and eventually he does succeed.

This is a beautiful story about the value of a life, the importance of determination and cleverness...both true treasures...and the truth that sometimes what we hold as our goal in life is truly unimportant.  It's the journey and the value of each individual that really holds the wealth.

978-0374324421     Ages 5-8     48 pages

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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