One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University by M O Yuksel

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By M O Yukseli, Illustrated by Mariam Quraishi, Harper Collins, Hardback, 40 pages

 

Fatima had one wish . . .

Fatima al-Fihri loved to learn. She wanted to know everything, like how birds flew, why the sky was blue, and how flowers grew. But more than anything, she wanted a school for all, where anyone could study and become whatever they wanted, like teachers, scientists, and doctors.

As she grew older, Fatima carried her one wish inside her, through good times and bad. Fueled by her faith and her determination, she worked hard to make her one wish come true. For over a thousand years, Fatima's one wish--her school--served students and scholars from around the globe, and it continues to do so today!

With lyrical text by M. O. Yuksel (author of In My Mosque) and stunning illustrations by Mariam Quraishi, this true-life portrait of an extraordinary Muslim woman shows the importance of never giving up on your dreams and how we all have the power to change the world for the better.

"An inspiring profile of a tenacious trailblazer that highlights the power of knowledge. Quraishi's transporting gouache-and-watercolor illustrations furnish a nuanced portrayal of the early medieval Arab world." --Kirkus

Advocating for persistence and education, this picture book adroitly demonstrates how al-Fihri's Muslim faith inspired her community care. --Publishers Weekly

In a text rich with imagery, Yuksel (In My Mosque) tells the true story of Fatima al-Fihri, whose one wish was to build a school for all. The illustrations develop their own visual language. A welcome story that emphasizes the intellectual foundations of Islamic North Africa and the importance of charitable work that plants seeds for subsequent generations. --Horn Book

One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University by M O Yuksel
One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University by M O Yuksel
One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University by M O Yuksel