The Book of Three

The Book of Three

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, [2014]
Edition: 50th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9781627791229
Branch Call Number: Y FIC ALEX
Characteristics: xiii, 224 pages : maps ; 22 cm.


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An epic magical quest where the main character relies on his friends to succeed

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Aug 30, 2017

This book was a really delightful fantasy romp; it had just enough fantasy language (or, y'know, Welsh,) to make it seem unfamiliar without being wholly alienating (though it was a little rough to get into at the beginning, but that's something I experience a lot so ymmv.) I found the characters to be fun, especially Eilonwy and Fflewddur Fflam, and Taran's growth was good to watch. It made me want to read the other books in the series!

(People have said this is just watered down LOTR for kids and yeah to a large extent that might be true but also it's more fun and significantly shorter than LOTR so there.)

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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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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