Nur Jahan (which translates as Light of the World) lived in 17th century India and was married to a Moghul prince named Jahangir. The book not only discusses her life but also why she was so influential and the role she played in India’s development. There’s also information on what Nur Jahan ate and wore as well as how she improved the lives of other women during her lifetime.
It is nice to have an alternative (at home or school) to the fairy tale princess stories that crowd the bookshelves. The illustrations, photos and information are all excellent.
I gave the book to my neighbor’s daughter to read and she thought it was very interesting. Actually she wanted to know more about Nur Jahan.
I liked the idea of telling the story of a real princess not a fictional one. There are five other titles in this series and they are all very good.
This illustrated nonfiction picture book charts the life of a real princess.
There are several layers to this picture book for older readers. In addition to enlightening us to Nur Jahan's life, we learn about 19th century India; the role of women in society; and royalty.
10 and Up
7 to 10
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Buy. This is a wonderful addition to the home, school, or public library.