Children's LiteratureA detailed physical map shows the location of the Taj Mahal relative to both the Indian subcontinent and the larger landmass of Eurasia. The text reads clearly and in the engaging voice of a storyteller, beginning with the meeting of fifteen-year-old Arjumand Banu Begum and the young Prince Khurram, who was to become the Emperor Shah Jahan. He would later build for her the tomb that would come to epitomize romantic love for countless generations. Chapters detail the deadly Mughal struggles for succession to the throne; the growing role of the princess Arjumand Banu, who would take on the name of Mumtaz Mahal; the construction of the magnificent mausoleum; its history under British rule; and threats to its continued preservation today. A final chapter contains a basic guide for tourists. This is a handsome book with well-written text. It is illustrated with mostly well-chosen full color photographs showing a number of views of the monument, as well as other archival images. A lavish two-page spread shows a sunrise view from across the Yamuna River. Spot photos show goldfish and songbirds that can be seen in the ponds, gardens, and vicinity. Only one picture, of a woman in a blue burqa-like costume, seems out of context, especially placed as it is near text informing us that no portraits exist of Mumtaz Mahal. Quick facts, a glossary, and an index round out the book. Other titles in this series ("Ancient Wonders of the World") include Egyptian Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Statues of Easter Island, and Stonehenge. 2006, Creative Education, Ages 8 to 12.