In search of the magical key the young boy Ti encounters many exciting adventures. Together with his friend, a 95 year old sea turtle, they travel to breathtaking beaches and mysterious almost forgotten places in what is today the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This thrilling journey leads them to an abandoned town where another riddle awaits them.A wonderful story about friendship, courage and happiness, with images that make you want to pack your travel bag.
About the Author
Dana Popov and Marc Evans are the authors of "Ti and the Magical Key". For almost 13 years they have been partners working together on several projects. Their writing is inspired by their daughter who loves books. This story came alive by the cultural surrounding of their home of choice, Mexico.
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Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The setting of the story is the ancient Mayan civilization. I respect that the authors are staying true to the culture, but the names of the characters are hard to pronounce. This might be troublesome for a young reader or a parent reading to their child, and a pronunciation key would be very helpful. The authors did include pictures, names and descriptions of the main characters and also a map of the area and I found this very useful. The description of the gods and goddess was easy to understand with the exception of Ixchel who is the goddess of childbirth. I’m not sure how I would explain that to a young child. Ixcacao is the goddess of chocolate, but didn’t have a large part in this book, maybe there will more about chocolate in the next books. The book includes gods, goddess, Shamans and a high priest. A description of these titles would be helpful to children to understand the hierarchy. When Kukulkan comes looking for the key he is helped by Ixchel – who is married to another god. Ixchel is being a traitor, and going against her husband who is trying to protect the happiness of all the people. Kukulkan and Ixchel speak lovingly towards each other, and even though cheating may be an occurrence in real life, I feel it is not necessary in a childrens book like this. As Ti is traveling, he meets Nuuk Ha, a 95 year old turtle who is a very likeable and helpful character in the book. I like the part about the turtles hatching on the beach and have seen documentaries about this and it’s a fascinating occurrence in nature. When Nuuk Ha describes a large turtle, she refers to her as 700 kilos of real woman. The definition of woman is a human. This is confusing. Nuuk Ha is later referred to as an amphibian. This is incorrect, turtles are reptiles. The book is written for a grade level of 2-6, and an age of 6-12. I feel this is a good range for the writing style, grammar and words. It would be a good book for adults to read to younger children a few times, until their reading level caught up and they could read it on their own. The books ending was not the end of the story, and there are more books to come. The illustrations and graphics of the book are good. I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review
I received this book from the author for an honest review: Ti and the Magical Key: How It All Began by Dana Popov is a wonderful children's book. Filled with vibrant colors, depicting ancient, Mayan history. The story is about an ancient diety, Kukulkan and his return. In order to rule to his liking, he needs a special key that's been hidden. Using the assistance of Ixchel, he does his best to obtain the key, that will give him the power he needs. Sadly, the key is in the hands of a boy named Ti- who has no clue. Ti, along with his family and a friendly turtle named Nuuk Ha, he discovers how he's pivotal to saving his life and his culture. I enjoyed this tale, finding myself mesmerized with the gorgeous illustrations I gave 4-stars instead of 3 because of the photos. The story is kind and easy for children to read or have read to. It needs just a bit of grammatical tweeking, but a story to cherish. Check out the story of Ti, available on Amazon.com. http://tinyurl.com/psbo764