Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Flying Ship

The Flying Ship

Fall 1995 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Andrew Lang
Illustrator: Dennis McDermott
ISBN: 0688114040
Hardcover Price: $16.00
McDermott's disarmingly matter-of-fact, childlike illustrations make us all too willing to suspend our disbelief regarding the fairly far-out, magical happenings that abound throughout this traditional Russian fairy tale. A high-handed king offers his daughter's hand in marriage to whatever suitor can build a ship that flies. A simpleton eagerly takes up the challenge and, with the help of several supernaturally gifted friends (their special talents reminiscent of those possessed by The Five Chinese Brothers), the fool finally wins the princess and lives happily ever after.

One does wonder why the illustrator (perhaps his editor) decided to drop the tale's full title: The Fool of the Worlds and the Flying Ship. Surely the intellectually challenged young hero merits star billing. Politically correct jargon be damned.

Selma G. Lanes   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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