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Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

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When a series of misfortunes finally bring her to China where she is asked to make a tent for the Emperor, Fatima comes to realize the value of all her past experiences in helping her forge a new and happier life.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Hoopoe Books
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Toni
Dec 11, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing
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
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Jun 23, 2009 JustOneMoreBook.com rated it it was amazing
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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Jun 02, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
It seems Fatima would have no luck if it were not for bad luck. Every time she gets her life together something horrible happens and she has to start over. Fortunately for her, all of her trials lead to something grand. She learns that everything she has been through makes her happy in the end.
Stacy Slater
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
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hannah
I'm really not sure what to make of this.
Sue Abideen
Aug 03, 2011 Sue Abideen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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