The Book of Three

The Book of Three

Book - 1964
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The first of five books about Prydain finds Taran, an assistant pig-keeper, fighting with Prince Gwydion against the evil which threatens the kingdom.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1964
ISBN: 9780805080483
0805080481
9780805008746
0805008748
Branch Call Number: J PB A
Characteristics: 217 p. :,map ;,24 cm

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DonnaN_KCMO Nov 15, 2016

This is the first book in the Prydain Chronicles. I enjoyed the fantasy, Welsh mythology, and humor. Boys and girls will enjoy the wide variety of characters. The book is also a great read-aloud.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Based on Welsh mythology, this first book in the Chronicles of Prydain introduces Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, who longs to be a great hero. His chance comes when a hunt for his pig Hen Wen turns into an adventure involving a crown prince, a feisty princess and a storytelling king in which they must defeat an army of the undead.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 11, 2015

This series is a rung lower than Lord of the Rings and maybe a few notches under Chronicles of Narnia; think of it as a light epic fantasy geared specifically to kids. These books were first published over 30 years ago and won buckets full of awards. The novels set a standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. The best way to explain this series is to take Lord of the Rings, toss in a shade more comedy, inject a bit of Welsh mythology into the story, throw in a coming-of-age theme and aim the whole thing at kids. And while the series targets kids, adults will also quite enjoy the series too.
Like all good literature, it's a story that can appeal to all ages. There's a cast of interestingly quirky characters and a fast-paced plot that will keep you turning the pages without pause.

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Blue_Beaver_12
May 30, 2015

I love this series, but The High King is my favorite.

Red_Dog_1544 Jan 13, 2015

This book is filled with action! Just like Lord of the rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia! it is very entertaining. I highly suggest that you read the the tales of the prydian first so that you can get a little bit of a back story and introduce some of the characters

Carnation_Teens Dec 10, 2014

Discover (or rediscover) the Prydain series if you love the Rick Riordan "Percy Jackson" series. It's got the same three qualities: Based on mythology (Welsh) a guy who seems to have nothing going for him, gets thrown into the middle of a life-changing, incredibly exciting adventure. And it's funny, in the same way (only without the very amusing chapter titles: nothing's perfect).

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julia_sedai
Jun 28, 2014

This was one of my favourite books when I was younger and I still enjoy re-reading it as an adult. Eilonwy is the best.

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dani97030
Jun 11, 2013

A favorite from my own childhood, this series (The Book of Three is the first of five) became a repeated read-aloud with my kids. Wise and simple, witty and serious, the adventures of this particular Assistant Pigkeeper are beloved by our family members of all ages.

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jhirdler24
Apr 22, 2013

The beginning of the adventures of Taran, the Assistant Pig Keeper who wants to be a hero, and his friends. The entire series is filled with rich characters and humor and a real sense of good vs. evil (No cartoon villians here). You don't have to be young to enjoy this classic series of books.

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starvark
Aug 11, 2012

Reading this as a kid... what a great idea that was. As I got older, I became interested in the Mabinogion, the collection of legends and stories upon which Alexander's Prydain is based. But none of it ever delighted as much as these books. It's a fine series about growing up... it just happens to be in a place where there are 'Little People', fateful swords, plucky enchantresses, deathless warriors, exaggerating bards, and of course, Assistant Pig-Keepers. And if you practice your pronunciation from the guide in back, these make fine read-alouds, as well.

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Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.

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