Akbar - The Mighty Emperor

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Author: Kavitha Mandana Genre : non-fiction, biography
Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam Age : 9+ yrs
ISBN : 978-0-143-33083-7 122 Pages
Publisher : Puffin  
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An exciting and thrilling story of one of India's great rulers - Akbar. Mandana has beautifully portrayed the times and life of this great ruler right from the time of his birth to his boyhood days and through all his struggles and successes.

Children struggling with their school work will delight in the fact that although this great king had a learning disability, it did not stop him from assembling one of the finest libraries in the world and surrounding himself with the finest scholars of the land.

Young adolescent boys will be amazed by the fact that he was only thirteen when he was crowned king, but that did not come in his way of leading his men into battle and building the great Moghul Empire. An empire that stretched over the entire northern regions of our country and also included a lot of what is today - Central Asia.

Children busy with school and other activities will be inspired by the fact that in spite of his very busy life - ruling and expanding his empire, Akbar was passionately fond of art and architecture and actively supported these activities

A compelling re-creation of Indian history, filled with a gallery of interesting tidbits, this book is one that children will enjoy, remember and learn from.

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee