The Book of Three

The Chronicles of Prydain (Volume 1 of 5)

Lloyd Alexander

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The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions!

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander’s beautifully written tales not only captured children’s imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise.

The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series in a new, redesigned paperback format. The jackets feature stunning art by acclaimed fantasy artist David Wyatt, giving the books a fresh look for today’s generation of young fantasy lovers. The companion book of short stories, The Foundling is also available in paperback at this time.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.

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Author's NoteThis chronicle of the Land of Prydain is not a retelling or retranslation of Welsh mythology. Prydain is not Wales--not entirely, at least. The inspiration for it comes from that magnificent land and its legends; but, essentially, Prydain is a country existing only in the imagination.A few of its inhabitants are drawn from the ancient tales. Gwydion, for example, is a "real" legendary figure. Arawn, the dread Lord of Annuvin, comes from the Mabinogion, the classic collection of Welsh legends, though in Prydain he is considerably more villainous.

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"A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom... The writing is sophisticated."--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
 
"The author draw his figures with the ... touches of irritability, doltishness and contrariness that leavens with high good humor the high fantasy."
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THE BOOK OF THREE by Lloyd Alexander, David Wyatt | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE BOOK OF THREE . Prydain is an imagined territory, somewhat like Wales and peopled with characters whose genealogy stretches back to Welsh legend.
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Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children’s fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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May 2006
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ISBN: 9780805080483
ISBN10: 0805080481
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
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Lexile: 770LL
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Henry Holt and Co.
May 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805061321
ISBN10: 0805061320
Middle-Grade Fiction
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 770L
F&P Level A-Z: U
AR Quiz Number: 6658
AR Points: 7

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9/2/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250050601
ISBN10: 125005060X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$9.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2006
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ISBN: 9781429961943
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Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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