The Book of Three

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Henry Holt and Company (BYR), May 16, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages

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 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 to a new generation of young readers. Jackets have been handsomely redesigned while retaining the original art of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Evaline Ness. Each retypeset volume now includes a pronunciation guide prepared by Lloyd Alexander. A companion book of short stories, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, is also available in hardcover for the first time in twenty years.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. This title has Common Core connections.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE The Assistant PigKeeper
3
CHAPTER TWO The Mask of the King
14
CHAPTER THREE Gurgi
22
CHAPTER FOUR The Gwythaints
31
CHAPTER FIVE The Broken Sword
41
CHAPTER SIX Eilonwy
49
CHAPTER SEVEN The Trap
59
CHAPTER EIGHT The Barrow
67
CHAPTER TWELVE The Wolves
103
CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Hidden Valley
113
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Black Lake
123
CHAPTER FIFTEEN King Eiddileg
133
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Doli
144
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Fledgling
154
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Flame of Dyrnwyn
164
CHAPTER NINETEEN The Secret
171

CHAPTER NINE Fflewddur Fflam
74
CHAPTER TEN The Sword Dyrnwyn
84
CHAPTER ELEVEN Flight Through the Hills
94
CHAPTER TWENTY Welcomes
183
Prydain Pronunciation Guide
187
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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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