Nur Jahan of India

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From the deepest heart of the Moghul palace, tucked away in purdah, her face hidden by veils, one princess came to rule all of Moghul India. She introduced efficiencies, encouraged trade, and made possible a great flowering of the arts. What gave her this power was love. This is a love story, the story of Nur Jahan, who, without breaking any of the rules, hunted tigers, rode elephants to war, commanded a nation from behind a curtain, and did many other things that girls were ...
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From the deepest heart of the Moghul palace, tucked away in purdah, her face hidden by veils, one princess came to rule all of Moghul India. She introduced efficiencies, encouraged trade, and made possible a great flowering of the arts. What gave her this power was love. This is a love story, the story of Nur Jahan, who, without breaking any of the rules, hunted tigers, rode elephants to war, commanded a nation from behind a curtain, and did many other things that girls were not expected to do.

Richly illustrated and narrated with humor, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses brings to life the stories of real and remarkable princesses who managed to do what few thought possible.

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“Nguyen’s cartoonish illustrations and Bridges’ cheekily humorous text are entertaining.”  —Horn Book Guide

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Empowered by her intelligence and imagination, Nur Jahan shaped her early seventeenth-century court, her country, and the Moghul Empire. Nur Jahan's contributions, many of them pioneering for women, are emphasized in this biography in "The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses" series. The text notes her birth name, Mihr al-Nisa, but omits her birthdate and place, while failing to explain that she was born while her parents were in a caravan en route to India from Tehran. Her father's name is only stated in a sidebar about the Taj Mahal. Nur Jahan's mother is not mentioned at all. After Nur Jahan wed Emperor Jahangir in 1611, she influenced policies, including those impacting females, and swayed family alliances and conflicts. Illustrations show jewelry and clothing Nur Jahan might have worn, such as an oadhani head scarf. They also show foods, including curries, rice and fruits, that she probably incorporated in recipes. The narrative describes her floral cloth designs, architectural improvements involving white marble, and construction of caravanserai accommodating traders traveling between markets. This book ignores her impact on landscape architecture by creating gardens throughout India. After her husband's 1627 death, Nur Jahan lived at Lahore in exile, altruistically funding orphaned girls and Muslim pilgrims until she died in 1645 and was buried in a tomb of her own design. This book provides name pronunciations and a map, but no bibliography or citations. The timeline does not elaborate specific milestones in Nur Jahan's life. Consult Ellison Banks Findly's scholarly study Nur Jahan, Empress of Mughal India (1993) for aspects of Nur Jahan's life not explored in this book. Read with Kathryn Lasky's Jahanara, Princess of Princesses: India, 1627 (2002), a novelized depiction of Nur Jahan's grandniece. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby's Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children's Choices Award. Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To date, every book that Shirin has written or published has achieved national acclaim.

Responsible for the pen-and-watercolor illustrations that bring our princesses to life, Albert Nguyen received his MFA from the Academy of Art in 2006. He grew up in Minnesota before moving to San Francisco. In addition to being fond of drawing, painting, comics, and cartoons, Albert has a special affection for chubby animals.
The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses are his first children’s books.

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