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This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, who many historians now believe was the most powerful woman in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, who many historians now believe was the most powerful woman in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed a complex of buildings that were considered to be some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth.


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This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, who many historians now believe was the most powerful woman in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, who many historians now believe was the most powerful woman in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed a complex of buildings that were considered to be some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth.

30 review for Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan

  1. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    How many picture books are there about 15th-century women? Not many, I'd imagine. Even rarer are books about women from this particular part of the world. Brave with Beauty tells the story of Goharshad, who grew up to become a queen and a patron of the arts. The narrative is fairly strong here, painting the character of Goharshad with lovely words. There are a few punctuation typos, but nothing too glaring. The pictures are good, for the most part (although there are some small perspective issues How many picture books are there about 15th-century women? Not many, I'd imagine. Even rarer are books about women from this particular part of the world. Brave with Beauty tells the story of Goharshad, who grew up to become a queen and a patron of the arts. The narrative is fairly strong here, painting the character of Goharshad with lovely words. There are a few punctuation typos, but nothing too glaring. The pictures are good, for the most part (although there are some small perspective issues that don't look quite right); they're lively and colourful and really create the historical setting. Goharshad is an interesting character, and not what one might expect from a woman of this time period. She comes across as very forward-thinking, and even though she lived in a patriarchal society, she was still highly respected. The ending of the book is terribly sad, showing the almost apocalyptic destruction of Goharshad's legacy. Given this, it's odd that her manner of death (she was executed) is glossed over. The book makes it seem like she simply died of old age. While the decision to leave out her manner of death may have been because of the target audience, it doesn't make a lot of sense when the rest of the ending is so depressing; disclosing the true manner of her demise could've provided some interesting jumping-off points for discussions about women's roles in the past, especially when it came to ruling kingdoms and empires. Overall, though, this is an appealing picture book about a strong woman. I'd like to see more books in this vein, showing today's girls that, even in times when women had even fewer options than they do now, they could still make their mark on the world. Thank you to NetGalley and Yali Publishing LLC for providing a digital ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    This was absolutely beautiful in every way. I learned a lot from this story that I had never heard before, and I felt it had a really great message.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The is a gorgeously illustrated book about a woman that most of us wouldn't have heard of, Queen Goharshad. This lovely books shows how she influenced the arts, and the building of grand mosques. It is a little like the opening of the poem, Kubla Khan: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man And sadly, much like the poem, Ozymandias, the only thing that remains of all the beauty she built, is her tomb. This is a The is a gorgeously illustrated book about a woman that most of us wouldn't have heard of, Queen Goharshad. This lovely books shows how she influenced the arts, and the building of grand mosques. It is a little like the opening of the poem, Kubla Khan: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man And sadly, much like the poem, Ozymandias, the only thing that remains of all the beauty she built, is her tomb. This is a great introduction to a time, and place that most English speaking children would be unfamiliar with, and so this is a good book to have to show them what was done in the past by a strong woman who loved the arts. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    amanda

    There are so many people in history, more importantly women in history, whose names and stories are never taught to us and it's nothing less but a shame. I'm nearly 30 and until this day never knew about the brilliant artwork and charity of Queen Goharshad and it's sad. This is a delightful children's books which teaches and acknowledges the art and charity of a Queen who under her reign and influence supported the arts and was instrumental in many profound buildings such as Herat's Mousallah There are so many people in history, more importantly women in history, whose names and stories are never taught to us and it's nothing less but a shame. I'm nearly 30 and until this day never knew about the brilliant artwork and charity of Queen Goharshad and it's sad. This is a delightful children's books which teaches and acknowledges the art and charity of a Queen who under her reign and influence supported the arts and was instrumental in many profound buildings such as Herat's Mousallah Complex. This was a simple yet beautiful book and the illustrations are breathtaking. The pacing is perfect and it has a beautiful message all throughout the story which is especially important for little girls. It's never too soon to begin teaching kids about history from all corners of the world and this book is a perfect example of that. Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    I wasn't really aware of what this book was about before I picked it up, but I'm glad I did. This was a gorgeously written and illustrated book. I had never heard of Queen Goharshad before, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical figures. While this book was fiction, it was based on historical facts about Queen Goharshad and her reign in the 15th century. I would have loved to walk through the city she created, with the beautiful music, art and just the community of people she I wasn't really aware of what this book was about before I picked it up, but I'm glad I did. This was a gorgeously written and illustrated book. I had never heard of Queen Goharshad before, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical figures. While this book was fiction, it was based on historical facts about Queen Goharshad and her reign in the 15th century. I would have loved to walk through the city she created, with the beautiful music, art and just the community of people she would have reigned over. She was a beautiful spirit. So glad I read this book! I will have to research more about her. #Netgalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    An interesting, quick read. I haven't read many books set in Afghanistan. It was nice to learn about this relatively unknown Queen. Complimented with vibrant illustration that brought the story to life. It definatly gives a slightly different image of a country than what we usually read about in the media.

  7. 5 out of 5

    V

    Why we chose this book: I like reading women’s biographies, the art looked beautiful, and T and I are both always happy to read about an unfamiliar time/place. Yali Books provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Mom’s Review I often ask T if he would like to be friends with the characters in his books. After reading Brave with Beauty, Queen Goharshad from Afghanistan is one woman whom I would be honored to meet. Readers learn that young Goharshad vowed to be brave with beauty, even Why we chose this book: I like reading women’s biographies, the art looked beautiful, and T and I are both always happy to read about an unfamiliar time/place. Yali Books provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Mom’s Review I often ask T if he would like to be friends with the characters in his books. After reading Brave with Beauty, Queen Goharshad from Afghanistan is one woman whom I would be honored to meet. Readers learn that young Goharshad vowed to be brave with beauty, even though she wasn’t quite sure what she meant. Goharshad did not allow herself to be dismissed because of her sex, and she followed her passion for the arts. She married Shah Rukh, king of the Khorasan empire, at age 14. As queen, she was a patron of education and the arts, designing mosques, a center for learning, and an oasis-like garden. She paid for musicians to play in the city of Herat for the citizens’ benefit. She sold her jewels and even her crown to fund the building of a girls’ school. Everything she designed was to be decorated by artisans with vibrant paints made from precious gems. Although she is long-dead and her buildings are mostly in ruins, people today can still find bright tiles among the land mines. The old man T refers to is one of those people: a man who cares for the queen’s grave and collects the broken tiles. An author’s note provides further information about Goharshad and the author’s inspiration for writing. Schur’s storytelling transports readers centuries back into the city of Herat; between the content, the captivating narration, and the magical illustrations, it is hard to believe that you are not actually there. T read the book first with his dad, and then later with me. After the first reading, T wanted to see photos of what everything looks like now; it was quite a lesson in the passage of time. When I read with T and paused to discuss different events, I felt more like I was bothering my spellbound son than engaging him. Brave with Beauty is well worth reading for anyone, and should be an excellent fit for readers with any interest in female leaders, Afghanistan, architecture, or the arts. Son’s Review (Age: 4 and ½) Mom: What would you do if those brothers crumpled your drawings? Son: I would just redraw with good remembery, like a squirrel. How did you feel when the architect said Queen Goharshad couldn’t build a mosque because she was a woman? Not happy. What do you think about how Queen Goharshad treated the old woman? That’s nice for her. What was good about Brave with Beauty? How like at first she was young, but then she got old, and I like how it tells you about the old man at the end. Was there any part you didn’t like? When her brothers crumpled her papers into a ball and threw them out the window. Does reading this make you want to do anything? Yes. Make tons of robots that people can ride in and go under sea so if I want to go to the bottom. I’ll make a robot that’s able to stay built forever. I’ll make robots that will be able to stay built forever, so if I die, people will still be able to use my creations. How does that relate to Brave with Beauty? When she builds creations. All of her designs. What will people learn about if they read the book? That it’s good for building-things igvice [advice]. Extra: Check out Yali Books: www.yalibooks.com Yali is a small publishing company that offers books related to South Asia. We’ve also read Mina vs. the Monsoon from them, which we loved. Our first two impressions from this publisher are all things positive!

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Book Beggar

    Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan by Maxine Rose Schur Illustrated by Patricia Grush, Robin DeWitt, and Golsa Yaghoobi 5 of 5 Stars Published by Yali Publishing – October 1st, 2019 Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan is a children’s book filled with gorgeous, detailed representations of art and beauty. Goharshad, a 15th century Queen in what is now western Afghanistan. The book shows Goharshad as a youth who loves to create beautiful things and share them with the world. She even Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan by Maxine Rose Schur Illustrated by Patricia Grush, Robin DeWitt, and Golsa Yaghoobi 5 of 5 Stars Published by Yali Publishing – October 1st, 2019 Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan is a children’s book filled with gorgeous, detailed representations of art and beauty. Goharshad, a 15th century Queen in what is now western Afghanistan. The book shows Goharshad as a youth who loves to create beautiful things and share them with the world. She even stands up for herself when she is mocked for her interest in the arts. This is when she decides that she will be, “brave with beauty.” In the book, it notes that even she does not know what she means by this but she is eager to find out. Descending from Anglo-Saxon ancestors, Germanic and Nordic, I am not historically familiar with other continents besides Europe and (my current home) America. After conducting some research I discovered that Queen Goharshad is not a fictional character, but indeed was a woman of great power and influence. Not only was she a woman of great power and influence, she was a ruler in the 15th century, a time when women did not hold significant power, and in the middle east no less. While Afghanistan is now a war-torn country riddled with ruins and desolation, it was once a truly remarkable place for art and beauty. This book tells that story. Queen Goharshad encouraged the Timurid people to question and discover, to learn and evolve, and to create. Herat, the home of Queen Goharshad, still stands today and is one of the largest cities in all of Afghanistan. Queen Goharshad was a poet and architect who designed buildings, beautiful and elaborate structures that were filled with music, literature, art, and science. She is a lesser-known female monarch, but should be revered for her ability to single-handedly inspire a nation in the arts and sciences. This book is not only an inspiration to young girls, but also for women. It shows that, each of us can inspire and evoke. It also shows us that bravery is not necessarily about rushing into a battle with a sword. Beauty can mean many things, and to be brave with beauty means to be brave with whatever it is you find to be remarkable and wonderful, beautiful. If you find makeup and the techniques of application to fit this description then you should be brave and continue to pursue it. In today’s world, the arts are not a primary part of life. We live in an age of technology and science. Even I struggled in college to decide if it was worth it to pursue my love of literature and art. What was I to do with books in a world whose words are not with ink but with pixels? Even now I struggle to do this. But to find that there was a woman, a gorgeous and talented woman, that long ago that could change an entire nation with her beliefs is astounding and reminds me to be brave. It reminds me to set aside my fears when it comes to my passion: writing and books. Brave with Beauty is a book I would gladly hand to my daughter, my mother, my friends. It is a book worth more than the pages it was printed on. And the artwork of this book is absolutely fantastic. I would expect nothing less from a book used to describe Queen Goharshad.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Swati

    My rating is 4.5 stars. There are so many things that make Maxine Rose Schur’s Brave with Beauty such a unique read. It is set in Afghanistan. The central character is a woman, a queen who lived in the 15th century. It is a story about pursuing what you believe despite the times you live in. The lush illustrations in the book transport you to 15th century Herat, once a bustling city that was an important part of the ancient trading routes. Very little is known about Queen Goharshad other than My rating is 4.5 stars. There are so many things that make Maxine Rose Schur’s Brave with Beauty such a unique read. It is set in Afghanistan. The central character is a woman, a queen who lived in the 15th century. It is a story about pursuing what you believe despite the times you live in. The lush illustrations in the book transport you to 15th century Herat, once a bustling city that was an important part of the ancient trading routes. Very little is known about Queen Goharshad other than that she was a staunch promoter of beauty in the arts. The book tells us how little Goharshad always “loved to make words” and “imagine beautiful things to draw” even as a child. Her brothers teased her for being buried in books all the time but Goharshad didn’t really care. Her love for music, paintings, and beautiful structures only grew stronger after she got married to King Shah Rukh. As Queen, she commissioned many magnificent monuments and gardens. Sadly, very little remains of the paradise that Goharshad envisioned and built today. I loved reading this little gem of a book. I had not heard of the legendary Queen before and I am intrigued by the strength of her character. Given the times that she lived in she was brave to assert herself and leave behind a glittering legacy. In fact, she is now thought to have been one of the most powerful women in history. I wish the book was broader and told me more about this fascinating woman. Even for a children’s book it felt very bare, lightly touching upon just the most important milestones in Goharshad’s timeline. The illustrations, though, are gorgeous and detailed, and they really brought ancient Herat alive for me. All in all, I relished Brave with Beauty and I hope to read more books like it! A big thank you to Yali Books who sent it to me for a review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    This book is absolutely beautiful and I will be buying it in hardcover form for some gifts. The artwork is gorgeous, rich and colorful, but even the pages without illustrations have lovely designs on the edges. And then you add the wonderment of such a strong female character from the 15th century and it is a perfect historical less on for kids. Brave with Beauty tells the story of Goharshad, an Afghani woman who grew up to become a queen. She was the wife Sharukh who was the ruler of the Timurid This book is absolutely beautiful and I will be buying it in hardcover form for some gifts. The artwork is gorgeous, rich and colorful, but even the pages without illustrations have lovely designs on the edges. And then you add the wonderment of such a strong female character from the 15th century and it is a perfect historical less on for kids. Brave with Beauty tells the story of Goharshad, an Afghani woman who grew up to become a queen. She was the wife Sharukh who was the ruler of the Timurid empire. She was instrumental in the construction of many important buildings, some of which stand today. And she is responsible for the elevation of Persian language and culture within the empire. After the death of her husband, Goharshad helped push her grandson to the throne. For ten years she was the de facto ruler. Goharshad is an interesting character, and a woman that I knew nothing about before reading this book and then going to Google to learn more detail. In the book she is portrayed as very modern despite living in a patriarchal society. From what I learned she is still highly respected today. One trigger warning. The book, and Goharshad, has a devastatingly sad ending. Her death is only touched upon, which makes sense in a children's picture book, but the book does tell about the destruction of her legacy and this is quite in depth. Some children may struggle with this ending to the story. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Yali Publishing LLC for providing a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thalia (neè Andi)

    Thanks to Yali Publishing for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur is the illustrated story of Queen Goharshad, the 15th-century Queen of the Timurid Empire in current-day Afghanistan. She was an incredible patron of the arts, turning her capital city of Harat into the jewel of Asia with the creations she co-designed and funded, her reign one of peace and tranquility, in sharp contrast with what Afghanistan is and is seen as now. Thanks to Yali Publishing for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur is the illustrated story of Queen Goharshad, the 15th-century Queen of the Timurid Empire in current-day Afghanistan. She was an incredible patron of the arts, turning her capital city of Harat into the jewel of Asia with the creations she co-designed and funded, her reign one of peace and tranquility, in sharp contrast with what Afghanistan is and is seen as now. If you asked most people in the Western world today, they would tell you countries like Afghanistan or Iran are nothing but sands full of suffering where nothing but terrorists grow. Though yes, war has taken so much from these places, they don’t know or directly ignore just how rich the history is behind them. This is why this book is so important: to let kids of the developed world know that countries like Afghanistan were beautiful. They were important. If we as humanity survive the coming decides, with any luck, they will be again. My only complaint is that I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style, but it does fit the culture.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lady Fay

    I had never heard of Queen Goharshad. But after this book I know her and I want to know more of her own personality and I LOVED to know her story along with the good captivating graphics. The book is clear and beautifully written and illustrated, using a lovely prose to paint the story of a girl born to rule and who grew up to become a queen with a gentle spirit and the passion for the arts. Unhappy ending is so sad, and it's a pain to know that everything that remain of all of her patronage is I had never heard of Queen Goharshad. But after this book I know her and I want to know more of her own personality and I LOVED to know her story along with the good captivating graphics. The book is clear and beautifully written and illustrated, using a lovely prose to paint the story of a girl born to rule and who grew up to become a queen with a gentle spirit and the passion for the arts. Unhappy ending is so sad, and it's a pain to know that everything that remain of all of her patronage is the tomb where she eternally sleeps. Along with the continuous spring of "feminist" books (yes, we can get bored also of Frida) and quotes over quotes into girl power the story of this queen is fresh air into something new to discover. So I'm very thankful for the chance to read it. She was really an illuminated woman and ever if this book can be put into childrens illustrated this is really enjoyable and nice to discover for everyone. Illustrations are not a matter of age or genre, believe me. And some pages are so full of details that you can get lost into old Afganistan, who was in peace and richness and not into war like today... Thanks for the eArc NetGalley! <3

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Three illustrators collaborated to make the art for this fictional look at a 15th century queen of Afghanistan. Queen Goharshad made it her life's mission to bring beauty to the people. From enlisting musicians to provide music across the land, to building beautiful gardens and mosques, she spent her life in the pursuit of beautifying the country for all to enjoy. The art fills the pages, imagining her court, the buildings she had built and gracing the pages with gorgeous embellishments that Three illustrators collaborated to make the art for this fictional look at a 15th century queen of Afghanistan. Queen Goharshad made it her life's mission to bring beauty to the people. From enlisting musicians to provide music across the land, to building beautiful gardens and mosques, she spent her life in the pursuit of beautifying the country for all to enjoy. The art fills the pages, imagining her court, the buildings she had built and gracing the pages with gorgeous embellishments that call to mind medieval manuscripts. Back matter adds to a deeper understanding of the time, with a glossary, author's note and sources. A great book to add to library collections to form a deeper understanding of the history of South Central Asia. What could have been better is the presentation on the page. Each opening is crowded with words, illustrations of Goharshad that advance the story, and floral embellishments. It would have worked better with a traditional picture book size. Also, the palette of the Goharshad-related art is a bit brash: the fluorescent green, orange and pink comes across as overexposed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan' by Maxine Rose Schur with illustrations by Patricia Grush, Robin DeWitt, and Golsa Yaghoobi is a picture book based on a real person and how she took it as her mission to bring beauty to the world. Taking place in the 15th century in Herat in western Afghanistan, we meet Queen Goharshad when she was just a small girl. She liked art and poetry, but her brothers preferred fighting. When Goharshad is married, she hires musicians to play music in the 'Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan' by Maxine Rose Schur with illustrations by Patricia Grush, Robin DeWitt, and Golsa Yaghoobi is a picture book based on a real person and how she took it as her mission to bring beauty to the world. Taking place in the 15th century in Herat in western Afghanistan, we meet Queen Goharshad when she was just a small girl. She liked art and poetry, but her brothers preferred fighting. When Goharshad is married, she hires musicians to play music in the palace, but also the city. She builds a mosque that bears her name. She builds a university and a library. She was a poet and architect. The book is filled with beautiful pictures and poems. The art in the books layout is inspired by that of the period of the Timurids. There is a nice afterword, as well as a reading list for further study. I received a review copy of this ebook from Yali Publishing LLC, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    This was a great and rare find. Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur made a beautiful graphic historical novel. I read through it twice. One of my favorite lines after stating she is brave with beauty, and not knowing exactly what being 'brave with beauty' meant, she vowed, "I will not be afraid. Not now. Not ever! One day I will make the most beautiful things in the world." From the author's note, this tale is about a 15th century Queen from Afghanistan. Queen Goharshad ruled with her husband This was a great and rare find. Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur made a beautiful graphic historical novel. I read through it twice. One of my favorite lines after stating she is brave with beauty, and not knowing exactly what being 'brave with beauty' meant, she vowed, "I will not be afraid. Not now. Not ever! One day I will make the most beautiful things in the world." From the author's note, this tale is about a 15th century Queen from Afghanistan. Queen Goharshad ruled with her husband Emperor Shah Rukh in the Timurid Empire for over fifty years. The story is about her life before and after she became Queen. Queen Goharshad enthusiastically supported the arts and during her reign poetry, painting, calligraphy, and architecture flourished as never before. I love when books create such wonderful and interesting facts that now I will go hunt down more books on the same topic to learn more. Provided kindly by NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Preeti

    "Let the beauty we love be what we do." - Rumi This children's book teaches us about Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, from western Afghanistan. She dedicated her life to supporting art, music, poetry and architecture. During her reign she generously sold of her riches to build mosques, colleges and libraries for her people. After her passing everything went to ruins but what lives on is the Queens strong will to build a community that lived in beauty, peace and tranquility that continues "Let the beauty we love be what we do." - Rumi This children's book teaches us about Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, from western Afghanistan. She dedicated her life to supporting art, music, poetry and architecture. During her reign she generously sold of her riches to build mosques, colleges and libraries for her people. After her passing everything went to ruins but what lives on is the Queens strong will to build a community that lived in beauty, peace and tranquility that continues to inspire us today. It makes me so happy to see diverse children's books like this one being published so that stories of amazing figures like Queen Goharshard can be illuminated for more to read. I look forward to sharing this with the little ones in my life. I received this book through a giveaway from the publisher. This in no way impacts my review and all opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    What a beautiful, beautiful little book. I am in awe. The story is wonderful, the illustrations are stunning. I have nothing negative to say about it. I'm always on the look for books that shine a light on the beautiful cultures of countries in the Middle East, because I know they all have centuries of stories and histories that deserve to be as well-known as the west, but have sadly been vastly overshadowed by war and destruction. I would happily purchase this book for any child, with hope that What a beautiful, beautiful little book. I am in awe. The story is wonderful, the illustrations are stunning. I have nothing negative to say about it. I'm always on the look for books that shine a light on the beautiful cultures of countries in the Middle East, because I know they all have centuries of stories and histories that deserve to be as well-known as the west, but have sadly been vastly overshadowed by war and destruction. I would happily purchase this book for any child, with hope that they too would become brave with beauty just like Queen Goharshad. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raven Terry

    Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to review such a beautiful ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This book is one of those, "Is it art or is it a book?" a beautiful and heartbreaking story. I hope that it inspires a young girl to take on the challenge of restoring that area to it's former glory or at the very least, encourage more books to be written about such an amazing Queen. This reminds us that leadership requires not only strength but grace, mercy, patience, and most of all, the Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to review such a beautiful ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This book is one of those, "Is it art or is it a book?" a beautiful and heartbreaking story. I hope that it inspires a young girl to take on the challenge of restoring that area to it's former glory or at the very least, encourage more books to be written about such an amazing Queen. This reminds us that leadership requires not only strength but grace, mercy, patience, and most of all, the beauty in all things. I hope that perhaps Schur will be encouraged to write more about her, for older crowds, there is more story waiting to be told here! Excellent book, supreme artistry.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This book tells the truly inspiring story of Queen Goharshad. What she gave up to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place to live. The art in this book. Oh goddess my heart. The art is so beautiful. It’s lush and vibrant and mesmerizing. I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback. #read #reader #book #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #greatreads #alwaysreading #reading #ilovebooks #currentreads #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish This book tells the truly inspiring story of Queen Goharshad. What she gave up to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place to live. The art in this book. Oh goddess my heart. The art is so beautiful. It’s lush and vibrant and mesmerizing. I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback. #read #reader #book #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #greatreads #alwaysreading #reading #ilovebooks #currentreads #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #goodreads #readerlife #booklife #readandreview

  20. 5 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    Brave with Beauty has wonderful illustrations and lyrical prose. It tells us the story of Queen Goharshad, married to the powerful ruler Shah Rukh. Queen Goharshad was an outstanding woman of her time. She engaged in artistic projects from mosques to a library and a college for girls, creations that unfortunately were destroyed by time and war. However, the book is lovely and I'm glad such a woman existed and I got to know her through this little gem that is suited for all ages. ARC provided by Brave with Beauty has wonderful illustrations and lyrical prose. It tells us the story of Queen Goharshad, married to the powerful ruler Shah Rukh. Queen Goharshad was an outstanding woman of her time. She engaged in artistic projects from mosques to a library and a college for girls, creations that unfortunately were destroyed by time and war. However, the book is lovely and I'm glad such a woman existed and I got to know her through this little gem that is suited for all ages. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I just reviewed Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur. #BraveWithBeauty #NetGalley LOVE THIS BOOK! It's rare to have Middle Eastern stories, or folklore - history one like this, available. Beautifully illustrated, this book is a perfect gift for kids and adults alike. It tells the story of a young woman who was bullied by her brothers, but didn't give up. Once married into power, she use it wisely to develop her adopted country, and give access to women as well as men. This is really encouraging I just reviewed Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur. #BraveWithBeauty #NetGalley LOVE THIS BOOK! It's rare to have Middle Eastern stories, or folklore - history one like this, available. Beautifully illustrated, this book is a perfect gift for kids and adults alike. It tells the story of a young woman who was bullied by her brothers, but didn't give up. Once married into power, she use it wisely to develop her adopted country, and give access to women as well as men. This is really encouraging for me, as a woman, in a modern but still not always accessible to women.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    What a wonder filled book! It is history wrapped in a story with beautiful imagery in prose and visual artistry and color. It will be read and cherished by young and old alike for its visuals and for the story of a woman of vision and the wise husband who did not demean her but supported her vision. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Yali Publishing, LLC/IBPA via NetGalley. Thank you so much!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Brave with Beauty by Maxine Rose Schur was such a nice read! The illustrations are stunning and the narration is clear. This book shows that even that long ago, there were women that challenged the status quo and did good things with their powers. It was informative while also being interesting enough to pull you along. This is a good book to show diversity to your children while also teaching them the realities of how situations can change.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina Miranda

    Brave with Beauty contains lovely images, and the story is wonderfully written. My only resignation is that the author detailed the age of the queen when she was married; I think its omission would not be noticed. It could make parents squeamish. The tale overall is something that we need in this genre of children's books, strong, diverse female characters. I wish we had more of these available when I was a kid. Maxine Rose Schur did a great job with this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paige Weese

    This book is absolutely beautiful! The original draw for me was the cover and the inside does not disappoint, either! A historical fiction story of the life of a woman who grows up in a land that ends up troubled with war. A great short story for a classroom that provides historical value and very well-written!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Farrell

    A historical fiction read for children age 7-10 that weaves history with culture in 15th century Afghanistan from perspective of Queen Goharsahd. This story describes her influence in music, architecture and rise of culture. Beautifully illustrated, includes author's notes of history and educators guides for additional resources.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Fascinating. Power by beauty? Wish that some of her work still stood. Wish that the author hadn't glossed over how she died--NOT old age--but rather by execution, which is a much stronger talking point. Wish that the typos weren't there. This is all why I bumped it down to 3 stars. Otherwise, a much different look at this area and women in general of this region.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The illustrations in this book are stunning, a beautiful story with facts behind it. It tells the story of an ancient afghan queen. Perfect for the classroom and library to introduce children to a new story/history. Excellent as part of a HerStory project.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Surprise, surprise, this is a beautiful book. Each page is filled with beautiful details and storytelling. I would actually love to read this to my niece. Goharshad is such a wonderful idol for a young girl to look up to. Thanks to Netgalley for an eArc of this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    History meets story in a book that is beautifully-written and I would recommend for young adult audiences -- and older readers, as well. I would love to have a hard copy to share with students, as well.

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