The Best of Akbar-Birbal
Akbar-Birbal is a collection of short, vividly illustrated stories of Akbar-Birbal, whose relationship had many a tale to share. Akbar-Birbal stories are an integral part of rich Indian heritage. These stories are not only entertaining but also contain lots of lessons.
Age: 10 and up
Number of Pages: 128
Publisher: Om Books
Dimensions: 264 x 187 mm
KitaabWorld Book Review: Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor is regarded as one of the India’s greatest rulers. His reign was a time of cultural and intellectual advancement and interfaith tolerance. Akbar worked towards assimilation and integration of his Hindu subjects, appointed many Hindu advisors, encouraged interfaith marriages and celebrations and abolished the tax on non-Muslims. Birbal was one such minister in Akbar’s court and a member of his inner council of nine advisors.
He was famous for his sharp intellect and a keen sense of humor. These stories of Akbar and Birbal are very popular among children and adults alike, and form an indispensable part of South Asian folklore. For older readers, we have a great chapter book on Akbar-Birbal which provides a illuminating window into Akbar’s rule, along with fun Birbal stories.
This book is also part of our FOLKTALES FROM ISLAMIC TRADITIONS book list.
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I am writing this review on behalf of my 3rd Grader who just finished it, she really enjoyed the book! She read all of the stories on her own and thought the stories were clever and had a moral at the end. She also liked the colorful pictures.
It is a really good book! Lots of stories and sturdy binding. Love it!!!