Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

File:CM fool ship.jpg
Author Arthur Ransome
Illustrator Uri Shulevitz
Country United States
Genre(s) Children's picture book
Publisher Farrar
Publication date 1968
ISBN ISBN 0374424381
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
 is a retelling of a Russian fairy tale illustrated
by Uri Shulevitz. It is based on Arthur Ransome's
version of the story in Old Peter's Russian Tales.
 The book was released in 1968 by Farrar
and won a Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1969. [1]


  1. American Library Association: 
  2. Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present.
  3. URL accessed 10 May 2007.
His mother couldn't take time to see him on his way,
but the Fool of the World found the flying ship and the
companions whose powers would gain him the Czar's daughter.
 Made visible in the rather raw colors of peasant decoration and

with an air of good-humored raffishness, this boasts
Brueghel-like panoramas of old Russia from the flying ship,
laconic closeups of the Swift-goer, the Eater, the Drinker, etc.
 doing his thing. There's no show-off about Uri Shulevitz's illustrations;
 they serve the story and serve it up in character. Altogether
one of the most pungent of Old Peter's Russian Tales done to a turn.

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