T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet

T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet

by Varsha Bajaj
     
 

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From the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya Mountains to the urban city of Calcutta, T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet showcases India's exotic treasures. Visit the haunting Taj Mahal, a tribute from an emperor to his dead wife. Traverse the bustling streets of Mumbai, the second most populated city in the world. Sample a traditional meal fragrant with garam

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From the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya Mountains to the urban city of Calcutta, T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet showcases India's exotic treasures. Visit the haunting Taj Mahal, a tribute from an emperor to his dead wife. Traverse the bustling streets of Mumbai, the second most populated city in the world. Sample a traditional meal fragrant with garam masala spices, or attend a cricket match where some games have lasted up to five days! Varsha Bajaj was born in Mumbai, India. Her book, How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?, was named to the 2005 Texas Library Association 2X2 Reading List. Varsha lives in Houston, Texas. Robert Crawford's paintings have appeared on the cover of major magazines such as The Atlantic and U.S. News and World Report, as well as books. He also illustrated Sleeping Bear Press's The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain. Robert lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This title is part of a series of which each book uses the alphabet as a connective thread to convey information on a single country to young readers. Bajaj's book, like the others in the series, employs a two-tiered format, with rhyming verse accompanying each letter and more extensive nonfiction text in a vertical panel. The material covers India's history ("G is for Gandhi"), popular culture ("B is for Bollywood"), and political system ("P is for Prime Minister") as well as geography, religion, the arts, architecture, and more. The nonfiction text is simple and to the point, clarifying the complexities of India for an audience that is assumed to be unfamiliar with the country. Some of the more interesting material to be found here relates to wildlife, jewelry, and the history of zero. The rhyming verse is less even in execution, as if the form has to work a little too hard to fit the content. Crawford's illustrations capture details like the uniforms of schoolchildren and the wide-eyed charm of a Bollywood heroine. A map illustrates the title page, showing external borders clearly, including disputed territory in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. A web site augments the series with additional material about history, culture, food, and crafts, as well as informational and cultural links. Other titles in the series include M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet, D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet and K is for Kabuki: A Japanese Alphabet. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133485353
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
01/21/2011
Series:
Discover the World
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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