Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
Part of the Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses, "Qutlugh Cerkan
Khatun of Kirman" by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Albert Nguyen
focuses on a Persian woman. The book gives an account of Qutlugh's
war-torn exile, her being sold into slavery, her beauty, her marriages, her
rulings, and concludes with an act of compassion on her death bed.
Some culture is given, though this is most succinct for being in a short
children's book. Food, clothing, and infrastructure are discussed. This tale
of a beautiful girl who becomes a beautiful queen is nothing short of
With full color pictures and glossy pages, this book is great
to hold. The font is large, and the language is simple. Not all pictures
have captions, but most are clear and need no explanation. However, due
to the controversial nature of some issues, this book may not be suitable
for very young readers. Violence and kidnapping are touched upon, as is
forced marriage. In terms of images, there is a silhouette of a girl in
chains and an un-captioned imaged of two Persians performing some sort
of torture to a man who has blood trickling down from his forehead.
History isn't always pretty, but readers should use discretion for deciding
whether or not to pick this book up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tuscaloosa, AL USA