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One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University

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.

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"Yuksel makes clear how al-Fihri’s dream influenced her goals throughout her life, and how her beliefs gave her the strength to pursue it despite personal tragedy, including her family’s flight from Tunisia to Morocco, where many sought refuge. In reds, tans, and greens, gouache and watercolor art by Quraishi employs finely rendered details, including patterned clothing and architecture. Advocating for persistence and education, this picture book adroitly demonstrates how al-Fihri’s Muslim faith inspired her community care." — Publishers Weekly

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Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author M. O. Yuksel
Illustrator Mariam Quraishi
ISBN 0063032910
Publication Date Feb 22, 2022
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English