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Taj Mahal
by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora and Rahul Bhushan


Overview - This beautifully illustrated book recounts the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal in India, discussing how it was constructed and providing information on Indian culture. Full color.   Read more...

 
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Overview
This beautifully illustrated book recounts the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal in India, discussing how it was constructed and providing information on Indian culture. Full color.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761326090
  • ISBN-10: 076132609X
  • Publisher: Millbrook Pr
  • Publish Date: January 2007
  • Page Count: 34
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 65.
  • Review Date: 2007-05-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

One of the world’s architectural wonders takes center stage in this exquisitely illustrated story about its history and lore. With abundant detail and poetic license, Arnold (The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers) and Comora (George Washington’s Teeth) recount the legendary love story behind the Taj Mahal (which means “crown palace”). Shah Jahan builds the spectacular monument to entomb and immortalize his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died at age 39 shortly after childbirth. An emperor in the Mughal Dynasty in 17th-century India, “Shah Jahan spared no expense. Pearl white marble was brought from quarries in Jodhpur... crystal came from China, lapis lazuli from Afghanistan... sapphires and quartz from the Himalayas.” Bhushan’s debut picture book’s extraordinary paintings echo the floral motifs and symmetry of the famous mausoleum. Intricate, narrow borders of tiny gold flowers within ribbons of ruby red or forest green surround and connect text boxes and illustrations. In several spreads, concentric borders give the impression of framed art. Larger floral- and pastoral-patterned backdrops in muted gold bleed off each page. The scenes themselves, which have a formal, portrait quality (many of the faces are flat and in profile), are filled tiny details, from jewels and luxuriously textured fabrics to elaborate battle dress. In the wedding parade scene, nearly a hundred individuals in miniature occupy a courtyard, each wearing a finely drawn costume. Facts about the royal family and the Taj Mahal, as well as a bibliography, wrap up this nonfiction narrative, though it’s the artwork throughout that is sure to amaze. Ages 5-up. (May)

 
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