Usually when you purchase a personalized book, the charm is that you get to see a name of your choosing in the story, and that you can make the main character look a certain way. So imagine my surprise when this book arrived, and yeah sure my son’s name and likeness was included, but the story and information contained was also really well done and engaging. This book, even without the personalization, is a solid story highlighting Fatima al-Fihri, Abbas ibn Firnas, al-Zahrawi, al-Idrisi, and their skills of generosity, persistence, kindness, and adventure as they shaped the world as we know it.
The fourth wall is broken as the book speaks to the reader encouraging them to come on an adventure in to the Golden Age. A time when scientists, engineers, explorers, doctors, and astronomers were making remarkable advancements.
The first stop is Morocco to learn about Fatima al-Fihri and how she established the first university. Her generosity in building and creating a place of Islam and learning is what set her apart and made her so remarkable. It is then on to Abbas ibn-Firnas in Spain and his attempts at flying. He failed often, but his mistakes helped him as he persisted and continued to learn and understand and make flight of humans possible.
Al-Zahrawi, the surgeon, is who is detailed next, as his knowledge, skill, and inventions he made are still used today. His regard for his patients fear and nerves and his kindness is what the book stresses before moving on to the mapmaker al-Idrisi. Al-Idrisi was adventurous as he traveled the world making his maps and switching the poles.
The book then focuses on the reader encouraging them to be generous and adventurous, kind and persistent, in making the future better like those mentioned from the past.
The book is horizontal, the pages thick, the faceless illustrations warm and detailed and the rhyming text flowing and appropriate for preschool aged children and up.