TAJ MAHAL by Caroline Arnold
Kirkus Star

TAJ MAHAL

Age Range: 9 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Placed over wide, sumptuous carpets of finely detailed golden vines or other motifs and illustrated with accomplished Indian-style miniatures, this lyrical account frames a touching tale of love and loss in magnificent visuals. Falling in love as teenagers, Prince Khurram and a court official’s daughter Arjumand courted in secret, and then after a glorious wedding went on to rule wisely and well as Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal until her death during childbirth in 1631. Obeying her deathbed wish that all the world know of their love, he built her the jeweled tomb that is still one of the world’s wonders. He too is buried there, as the separate, black tomb he planned for himself was never built. Historical summaries and other notes (including the admission that most of the story is based on legend, since Mughal rulers guarded their privacy), plus a short reading list, cap a story based in history, and as romantic as any in folklore. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7613-2609-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2007




MORE BY CAROLINE ARNOLD

ChildrenHATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 by Caroline Arnold
by Caroline Arnold
ChildrenLIVING FOSSILS by Caroline Arnold
by Caroline Arnold
ChildrenTOO HOT? TOO COLD? by Caroline Arnold
by Caroline Arnold

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

NonfictionEMPRESS by Ruby Lal
by Ruby Lal