Welcome to the first stop on the blog tour for the 50th anniversary of Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three! I’m pleased to be kicking things off with my review (as a first time reader!) and a giveaway. Read on!
Info about the 50th Anniversary editions:
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.
About the Book: Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn’t exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?
One of the things I love most about reading is falling in love with a book that has been around for years. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander is one of those books that stands the test of time. I read it for the first time last week and oh how I wish I had found it as a child! I didn’t think I liked fantasy back then but I honestly believe that this book would have changed my mind and thus my life as a reader!
I really just fell for the characters. It was such a delight to follow Taran on his big adventure and see him grow and change. He makes many mistakes but (and this is why I love him so much) he owns up to them! He apologizes and learns from what he sees and the events that occur. His heart is true and he is brave even when he doesn’t think he is. And Eilonwy! I adored this girl! She is fierce and strong and not aboout to let anyone tell her she can’t do something because she is a girl! Add in Hen Wen (an oracular pig), Gurgi (think Smegal with fur… and only the “helpful” personality) and Gwydion (a prince whom Taran hero-worships a bit) and you have a story great for readers not quite ready for The Lord of the Rings.
This is certainly a book I’ll be booktalking frequently with my students. I cannot wait for the new copies I ordered to come in! If you are a lover of fantasy and haven’t checked out The Book of Three yet now is the perfect time!
Thanks to Macmillan, I have one of the gorgeous hardcover editions of The Book of Three to giveaway. These are so pretty!!! US/Canada only. Must be 13 or older to win.
The Book of Three 50th Anniversary Blog Tour:
Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour! Some are posts from first time readers (like me!) and others are from long-time fans of the series.
Monday September 22: YA Bibliophile
Tuesday September 23: Maria’s Melange
Wednesday September 24: The Book Wars
Thursday September 25: Bunbury in the Stacks
Friday September 26: Manga Maniac Café
Monday September 29: Read Now Sleep Later
Tuesday September 30: The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Wednesday October 1: Word Spelunking
Thursday October 2: Proud Book Nerd
Friday October 3: Book Haven Extraordinaire