Swimming Toward a Dream

Written by Reem Faruqi
Illustrated by Asma Enayeh
Published by Page Street Publishing

Growing up in Damascus, the pool was Yusra Mardini’s happy place. She learned to swim before she could walk. And with swimming came a dream—to compete in the Olympic games.

But when war came to Syria, Yusra’s home—and her pool—were no longer safe. Yusra and her sister set out on a harrowing journey, crossing the sea in search of safety.

In the inspirational tale that follows, Yusra’s courageous spirit shines. Crammed on a too-small refugee boat, disaster strikes when the boat’s motor breaks! Scared but determined, Yusra plunges into the water and starts swimming.

Infused with hope, Yusra’s story encourages readers to pursue their own dreams, revealing how she met waves of danger with strength and perseverance. One breath at a time.

Readers will dive into this courageous tale of an athlete, refugee, and hero who inspired the world with her resolve to pursue her Olympic dream.

Primary ISBN: 9781645679837
Publication Date: September 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: Syria (Damascus), United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee

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