Combining the romance and enchantment of princesses with a message of youthful female empowerment, these books are about girls who didn't just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they changed their own lives-and their worlds. Stories of princesses from different cultures and different epochs in history are richly illustrated with photographs, maps, and ...
Combining the romance and enchantment of princesses with a message of youthful female empowerment, these books are about girls who didn't just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they changed their own lives-and their worlds. Stories of princesses from different cultures and different epochs in history are richly illustrated with photographs, maps, and lovely pen-and-watercolor paintings that help bring these fascinating females to life.
From the deepest heart of the Moghul palace, her face hidden by veils, Nur Jahan came to rule all of Mogul India. This book tells the story of how she introduced efficiencies, encouraged trade, and made possible a great flowering of the arts. She 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. Sections on the clothes Nur Jahan wore, the foods she ate, and why she is remembered today are included.
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
Shirin Yim Bridges is the award-winning author of Mary Wrightly So Politely, Ruby's Wish, and The Umbrella Queen. She lives in Foster City, California. Albert Nguyen holds an MFA from the Academy of Art. He lives in San Francisco. They have collaborated on all the books in the Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses series.