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The Book of Three, 50th Anniversary Edition

The Book of Three, 50th Anniversary Edition

The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 1

The Chronicles of Prydain (Volume 1)

Lloyd Alexander; introduction by Shannon Hale

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Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander's classic The Book of Three, the first book in the Chronicles of Prydain, with a new introduction by Newbery Honor–winner Shannon Hale. This anniversary edition is filled with bonus materials, including an interview with Lloyd Alexander, a Prydain short story, the first chapter of the next Prydain book (The Black Cauldron, a Newbery Honor book), an author's note, and a pronunciation guide.

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. This title has Common Core connections.

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Author's Note
This 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...

Praise for The Book of Three, 50th Anniversary Edition

“* The author draw his figures with the . . . touches of irritability, doltishness and contrariness that leavens with high good humor the high fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom. . . . The writing is sophisticated.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


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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. - Kirkus Reviews

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Lloyd Alexander; introduction by Shannon Hale

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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Lloyd Alexander


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