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Title:
The fool & the flying ship
Author:
Metaxas, Eric.
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Publication Information:
Rowayton, Conn. : Rabbit Ears Books ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster, [1992]

©1992
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm.
Summary:
When the Tsar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, a goofy country bumpkin sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way. Includes an audio cassette with narration and music.
General Note:
"Rabbit Ears presents"--Cover.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780887082283

9780887082290
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Book

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When the Tsar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, a goofy country bumpkin sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way. Includes an audio cassette with narration and music.


Author Notes

Eric Metaxas was born in New York City in 1963, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine.

He has written several biographies, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet. His latest book is entitled, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.

He has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Two additional titles are heard in the We All Have Tales series. In the droll Russian folktale The Fool and the Flying Ship, a simple-minded peasant lad sets out to win the hand of the czar's daughter with a ragtag crew of uniquely gifted moujiks. Robin Williams embroiders a bit on Eric Metaxas' humorous text, with a fittingly hearty, heavily accented narration. The haunting, teasing melodies of the Klezmer Conservatory Band provide an effective, atmospheric accompaniment. The East Indian folktale The Tiger and the Brahmin tells of a devout and dutiful Brahmin who releases a tiger from a cage and barely escapes being eaten for his trouble. Ben Kingsley offers a measured, mellifluous reading of Brian Gleeson's witty and thoughtful tale, while Ravi Shankar's celestial sitar enhances it with an exotic loveliness. The accompanying books are handsomely illustrated, but they do not note their sources. Excellent fare for story hours. Ages 6-10. --Marcia Hupp


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-- Collage endpapers--a kaleidescope of postage stamps, paper bits, and line-and-watercolor figures cut out from the book--suggest the frenetic verbal and visual voyage awaiting readers within this version of the classic Russian folktale. The text is witty, the illustrations weird; author and illustrator obviously had one hilariously good time creating this. The fool sails off in a birdlike ship (Are those chicken legs?), collecting an odd assortment of fantastic creatures to go to the wedding of the Tsar's daughter. A flying ship is not enough to claim her hand; the fool and his friends must first perform several other feats, culminating in putting not an army of soldiers around the palace, but instead hundreds of penguins at the South Pole. The bizarre cartoon illustrations, done in Drescher's familiar bold-to-garish colors, are grotesque and very busy. If the book appeals, it will be to an older audience than for Arthur Ransome's traditional retelling (Farrar, 1968). Robin Williams, backed up by the Klezmer Conservatory Band on the accompanying audio-cassette, gives a spirited reading, with many ad libs, even more adult in tone.-- Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.