Taj Mahal

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings of the world, renowned for its architectual magnificence and aesthetic beauty. It is a rare book that can do justice to such a structure, but the grace and elegance of Rahul Bhushan’s work captures the culture and the people that created the magnificent building. The story is a beautiful one, telling how Shah Jahan achieved immortality for himself and his departed wife, Mumtaz Mahal, by fulfilling her wish for a memeorable tomb. The building itself is so exquisite that the Taj Mahal is more than an expression of one man’s love for a woman; it has become a symbol of grace and beauty and a monument to universal love.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2007-01-01
BISACS JUV030020, JUV003000, JUV016030
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 113082
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold has been writing for children since 1980 and is the author of more than 100 books, including 20 books published by Lerner. Her most recent title is Taj Mahal, the story behind the famous monument. In addition to writing, she does author presentations at schools and teaches part-time in the Writer's Program at UCLA Extension. Arnold lives in Los Angeles with her husband Art, a scientist, who has also been the photographer for some of her books.

Illustrator: Rahul Bhushan


  • Children's Literature Council of Southern California Excellence in Illustration Award, Winner, 2007
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2007
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2007



“In the tradition of Mogul miniatures, his ornate, elaborately framed paintings capture the culture of elegant luxury that reached its apogee in the story’s celebrated structure.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Placed over wide, sumptuous carpets of finely detailed golden vines or other motifs and illustrated with accomplished Indian-style miniatures, this lyrical account frames a touching tale of love and loss in magnificent visuals.”
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“One of the world’s architectural wonders takes center stage in this exquisitely illustrated story about its history and lore.”
Publishers Weekly