Sorghaghtani of Mongolia

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On the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia in the thirteenth century, a princess was given the chance to rule. She took lands that had been ruined by war and made them wealthy again, brought mutual respect and cooperation to a downtrodden and distrustful people, and in a battle of wits that was like a giant chess game, won for her sons the imperial throne. This is the story of Sorghaghtani, a real and remarkable princess who handed her sons the largest empire in the world.

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On the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia in the thirteenth century, a princess was given the chance to rule. She took lands that had been ruined by war and made them wealthy again, brought mutual respect and cooperation to a downtrodden and distrustful people, and in a battle of wits that was like a giant chess game, won for her sons the imperial throne. This is the story of Sorghaghtani, a real and remarkable princess who handed her sons the largest empire in the world.

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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“The scrapbook-style design of the series lends itself to easy browsing, but these titles will serve well for reports, too, and are sure to interest readers who are looking for something a little different for their research.”  —School Library Journal

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

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Cinderella had a fairy godmother, Rapunzel had magic tresses, and Snow White had seven dwarfs. Sorghaghtani of Mongolia had her own wits, determination, and a lot of spunk. All were princesses, but only one left a legacy, kingdom, and her mark on world history. In this addition to "The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses," Bridges weaves the true story of Sorghaghtani, daughter-in-law to Genghis Khan and mother of Kublai Khan. She lived in the great Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century, rising from a ten year-old princess of the Kereit tribe to become ruler of all her husband's lands and mother of several great Khans to come. Detailed descriptions of daily life in the Mongol Empire, family ties, and the politics involved in this empire help readers understand Sorghaghtani's significant role in history. Her approach to helping conquered people rebuild and revitalize their lands not only increased her own wealth, but drew praise for her ability to govern. Add to that her careful tutoring of her four sons, shrewd political moves, and devotion to protecting her family and it will come as no surprise that her descendants rewrote world history. This biographical sketch of a real princess provides a welcome role model of a strong female and an introduction to a culture which young readers may know little about. Watercolor illustrations, contextual photographs, and a family tree add visual punch to the inviting (and at times humorous) text. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
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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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