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Taj Mahal Library Binding – May 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076132609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761326090
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sixteenth-century love story behind the Taj Mahal, rather than the monument itself, is the focus of this gorgeous picture book. Cowritten by two seasoned children's-book authors, the heavily fictionalized narrative tells of the passionate first meeting, and ensuing devoted partnership, between Khurram, a Mogul prince, and his bride, Arjumand. Her death in childbirth leads the stricken widower, now emperor, to commission a lavish mausoleum "as perfect . . . as if heaven and earth were joined." Despite the Library of Congress cataloging the book as history, the extended context provided in the book's endnote challenges such cut-and-dried categorization; it turns out that the emperor actually had three wives and that "the love story . . . is based largely on legend." The latter ought to have been stated up front, but little will hinder readers from reveling in the artistic contributions of Bhushan, a Hyderabad native. In the tradition of Mogul miniatures, his ornate, elaborately framed paintings capture the culture of elegant luxury that reached its apogee in the story's celebrated structure. A bibliography "for historical facts in the text" is provided, but there are no specific source notes. Mattson, Jennifer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mamazabakaka on March 13, 2007
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A good book for kids about the Taj Mahal is hard to find. I know because I've been searching for one for quite a while. Those that I've found before this one were over-written and textbookish and the art didn't live up to the story, which is about a legendary love that created the most beautiful architecture in the world. At last, there is a book that will set any child's imagination soaring. It boasts an engaging story told in an age-appropriate vocabulary, with beautiful illustrations, framed in intricate, decorative borders. One can see from the quality of its binding and the color on its heavy pages that this book has been put together with great care and without cost-saving short-cuts. I would have loved it when I was a kid. I bought it for an eleven year-old who was delighted with it and actually put down her Game Boy to spend the afternoon reading it.
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Format: Library Binding
I have been reading this book over & over to my 3.5-yr old daughter, though an older child would surely love it as well. The writing is lyrical, vivid, not dumbed-down & really captures the imagination, but what really makes this book stand out are the amazing illustrations, which are done in the spirit of ultra-finely detailed Persian miniatures. One could gaze at this book for hours. It's an absolute treasure of a storybook.
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By M. Heiss on December 4, 2012
Format: Library Binding
Bring the history and culture of 17th century India to life! This excellent picture book is filled with glorious illustrations and borders that accompany a first-rate text of the life of Prince Khurram and Mumtaz Mahal.

Includes even more information at the back, plus a good glossary with words including tomb, minarets, mosque, etc.

Top notch.
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