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Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

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Fatima's life seems beset with disaster as she journeys from Morocco to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Turkey and, finally, to China. At the end of her journey, she realizes that what seemed at the time to be really unfortunate events were an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Hoopoe Books
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Evocative colours and drawings illustrate this story.
Fatima sets out with her father, who is a successful spinner, on a sea voyage to the Islands of the Middle Sea. He has business there and she dreams of finding a handsome husband.
They are ship wrecked and Fatima is left alone, cast up near Alexandria.
This is the first of three disasters. Each time Fatima manages to settle herself: learning a new skill in the process, and when all seems set fair, catastrophe overtakes her.
Ship wrecked a final t
This delicately illustrated tale of travel and tragedy reminds us that today's disaster just might be a necessary step towards the ultimate attainment of our heart's desire.

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This is part of a "teaching series," and the lesson comes through quite clearly through the story of Fatima's troubles. Just when the poor girl thinks things are going well for her, disaster strikes. She is orphaned, shipwrecked, kidnapped, sold into slavery, and shipwrecked again before finally using all the skills she learned from these varied experiences to please the emperor of China and win a husband.

The delicate illustrations are wonderful, but the text is heavy and didactic. The tragedies
Sue Abideen
Bagai dah jatuh ditimpa tangga! From Morocco to the Mediterranean, to Egypt then to Turkey before finally settling in China, Fatima realised that what seemed to be really unfortunate at the time were an integral part of her eventual fultilment!
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