The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Folktale

the fool of the world

Illustrated by Christopher Denise

The youngest mouse of an old peasant also wants to try his hand at building a flying ship in order to marry the tsar’s daughter. He is the least clever mouse, but when he welcomes into his ship an odd assortment of animal friends, using their wits together, they prove that together, a diverse group can accomplish the seemingly impossible, and that resourcefulness is measured not by intellect alone. That is the theme of this Russian folktale.

The illustrations by Denise make this story more enjoyable (and if you’ve seen the Brian Jacques’ Redwall book, you may recognize the mice illustrations).

Folktale, Picturebook

Ages 5 and up

Available from: Hamilton Public Library

Reviewer: Doreen




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