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Taj Mahal -- A Love Story



Taj Mahal -- A Love Story
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.12

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    agate, bazaar, carvers, onion-shaped, fourteenth, emperor, dome, gorgeous, thoughts, fell, setting, magical, platform, place, grave, kingdom
     content words:    Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, Chosen One, While Muntaz Mahal


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Taj Mahal -- A Love Story
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The Taj Mahal in India is a magical place. It is also the setting of a sad love story.
 
2     To enter, you walk through a gate. Inside the gate you get your first look at the Taj Mahal. It looks like a palace. There are gardens around the Taj Mahal and a reflecting pool in front. The gardens are laid out in a neat pattern. You can see the Taj Mahal reflected in the pool.
 
3     The Taj Mahal is built of white marble. It sits up high on a platform. The only thing you can see behind it is the sky. It has a large onion-shaped dome. Four tall, thin towers called minarets surround the dome.
 
4     The white marble sparkles and shines. It reflects the colors around it. In the morning, it looks pink like the sky. In the afternoon, it is shiny white. When the moon is out, it has a golden glow.
 
5     Inside, the Taj Mahal looks like it was made in a jewelry store. There are designs everywhere. There are geometric designs and designs of plants and flowers. Some of the designs are carved into the walls. Some of them are made of precious gem stones. There are flowers made of jewels like agate, jasper, and jade. Just one leaf may be made of fifty precious stones!

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