The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real
Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
2010 / ISBN 9780984509829
Biography Children’s Fiction (Ages 9 and up)
by Bob Walch
One of six titles
that investigate the lives of little known, real life princesses,
this book introduces a truly remarkable woman who lived on the windswept
steepes of Mongolia in the 13th century.
Born a princess
of the Kereit tribe, Sorghaghtani was married to Tolui, a son of
Genghis Khan, when she was only eleven or twelve. Her new husband
was only ten years old! The couple didn’t have their first
child, understandably, until six year after they were married. When
her husband died at age forty, Sorghaghtani went on to rule nearly
all of Mongolia.
war, the vast area’s new leader worked hard to bring back
the region’s agricultural economy. Sorghaghtani also fought
to protect her holdings from a conflict started by other family
members. Eventually one of her sons became the Great Khan.
biography not only looks at Sorghaghtani’s life but also gives
a glimpse at what people wore and ate during this time period. Hopefully,
after finishing this book, youngsters will want to learn more about
this isolated area of the world and its history.