Magic in Marble by Arthy Muthanna Singh (1)
Review,  Children

Magic in Marble by Arthy Muthanna Singh – Preservation Book for Kids

Magic in Marble is fun and informative flipbook with two-timeline stories that focus on the preservation of historical monuments in India. This is an amazing Preservation Book for kids to introduce to.

Preservation Book for Kids

Magic in Marble: Building the Taj with Attaullah and Saving the Taj with Aradya by Arthy Muthanna Singh

Publication Date : July 24, 2023

Publisher : India Puffin

Read Date : July 17, 2023

Genre : Children’s Fiction

Pages : 48

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Disclaimer – Many thanks to the publisher for review copy.
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Synopsis

SIDE A
Magic in Building the Taj with Attaullah

Attaullah has to leave his playmates and the beautiful trees of Lahore behind as he makes the tiring journey to Akbarabad on a camel cart. His abbu, a master architect, has been summoned there to help build the most extraordinary monument ever-the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum will immortalize the memory of Jahan Panah Shah Jahan’s beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. And Attaullah wants to be a part of history as it’s being created. But how?

Travelling across two timelines in history, this is an ulta-pulta book about two children whose paths collide in a mysteriously magical way.

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SIDE B
Magic in Saving the Taj with Aradya

Aradya has read everything she could find on the greatest monument ever built-the Taj Mahal. So, when her papa, a conservationist, invites her to join him on his quick work trip to Agra, she feels like she’s the luckiest girl in the whole, wide world. Her papa’s team is working on a project that will help preserve the Taj’s beauty and ensure its survival for future generations. And Aradya wants to help. But how?

Travelling across two timelines in history, this is an ulta-pulta book about two children whose paths collide in a mysteriously magical way.

Magic in Marble

Review

Magic in Marble is a flip book with two stories Building the Taj with Attaullah in the historical timeline and Saving the Taj with Aradya in the present timeline and both stories talk about the preservation of one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal. It was amazing characters from different eras comes up with the same idea and solution for preserving the Taj Mahal.

I loved the idea of the flipbook. Instead of one story starting after the other, both start from their cover, one from the front and the other from the back.

In Building the Taj with Attaullah, kids will enjoy reading about building the Taj, meeting the chief architect of the era who worked on giving shape to the emperor’s imagination, how people were employed for its construction from across the world, and how they all worked together over sixteen years to make it exactly how Shah Jahan wanted.

While in Saving the Taj with Aradya, kids will enjoy reading how that structure built centuries ago looks like making them as excited as Aradya. It brings awareness in kids about present issues with Taj, how this monumental structure is in danger due to pollution and dirt and climate change.

Both Stories helps kid understand the importance of trees and encourage them to plant more trees and how that can help not only in changing the climate but also in preserving the monuments.

What I loved most is both stories have “About Taj” page in the beginning. Building the Taj with Attaullah has historical and architectural facts- when the work on the Taj started, which architect and artisan worked on what, marble dome, and what types of stones were used. The present timeline story has ” The Taj Today” page that tells about when Taj was chosen as a heritage site and as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, what is marble cancer and its cause of it, how the experts are working on preserving the Taj and giving it mud-pack treatment to reducing the yellowing of stones.

The illustrations in both stories are beautiful. Writing is easy for kids aged 9 yrs or more.

[My kid is too small to understand what’s monuments and the Taj Mahal but it was fun to show her pictures. It was hilarious and amusing when she called the minarets of the Taj, a lighthouse. When I said the lighthouse is near the sea and there is lots of water near the lighthouse she pointed at fountains and lotus ponds saying there is water so it’s lighthouse. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£]

Why 4 stars-

I think kids could better understand the danger of pollution and climate change on the Taj if that info on “Today’s Taj” was also included within the story than only on the front page. Kids might skip reading that about page and also that info within the story might have made it even more interesting.

Overall, Magic in Marble is fun and informative flipbook with two-timeline stories that focus on the preservation of the historical monument.

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