The House of Wisdom

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DK Ink, Sep 1, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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Ishaq, the son of the chief translator to the Caliph of ancient Baghdad, travels the world in search of precious books and manuscripts and brings them back to the great library known as the House of Wisdom. 15,000 first printing.

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Review: The House of Wisdom

User Review  - Johara Almogbel - Goodreads

Another great book. I wish there wasn't so many mentions of camels and sand, but that's just me being tired of that theme and the illustrations are gorgeous. It's a beautiful English introduction to بيت الحكمة, and very well researched. Read full review

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User Review  - Jana - Goodreads

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Ishaq, the son of the chief translator to the Caliph of ancient Baghdad, who travels the world in search of precious books and manuscripts and brings them back to the great library known as the House of Wisdom. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Florence Parry Heide was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1919. She studied at Wilson College before transferring to the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in English. She worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II. She moved to Wisconsin with her husband after the war. She has written or co-written over 50 children's books and is best known for the Treehorn series about the adventures of a boy named Treehorn. She has received numerous awards and honors including having The Shrinking of Treehorn named by the New York Times as the Best Illustrated Children's Book of 1971 and winning the Jugendbuchpreis for the Best Children's Book of Germany in 1977; The Day of Ahmed's Secret received the Editors' Choice Award from Booklist in 1991, and Sami and the Time of the Troubles received the Editors' Choice Award from Booklist in 1992.

Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College.
Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.