One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University

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As a child, Fatima’s filled with enough curiosity to span the horizon. Once she learns to read a whole new world opens up to her. A wish plants its seed in her heart. She wants to build a school someday in which all can attend. War breaks out in her homeland, and she and her family seek refuge in Morocco. As she grows older, her desire continues to burn deep. To give back to the community that’s supported her for years, she builds a school in which dreams of all types can be imagined and futures realized.

This story is rich with cultural context. Fatima’s unwavering faith and the role it plays throughout her journey is evident. Fasting, calls to prayer, and the Qur’an are mentioned throughout, and words from Fatima’s native language are introduced. The illustrations beautifully complement the text and display mosaics and architectural designs common to the region.

This is an inspiring book that outlines the difference one person can make in the lives of others. It shows what can come out of sheer will and determination. Many young children will find Fatima’s compassion and gratitude refreshing and her confidence admirable. Some might even want to emulate her by giving in some small way.

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Author M. O. Yuksel
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher HarperCollins
Publish Date 18-Jan-2022
ISBN 9780063032910 Buy this Book
Issue January 2022
Category Children's