July 23, 2009

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:34 pm by suebe2

threeThe Book of Three (AR 5 . 3 )

by Lloyd Alexander

 

The Book of Threeis a story that takes place in Welsh mythology.  The main character is a boy named Taran who lives in Caer Dallben.  Caer Dallben is one of the places in the island of Prydain.  The story starts when Taran goes off to wash Hen Wen the oracular pig and she starts frantically digging holes and escapes from her pen.

After she escapes and runs into the forest, Taran goes after her.  He encounters the evil Horned King and is saved by a man named Gwydion.  Only later does he realize that Gwydion is a prince.

He finds Gwythaints, Fair folk, and also a creature named Gurgi.  My favorite part was when they met Gurgi — crunchings and munchings.

Most of the story is spent trying to track down Hen Wen,  but there are occasional battles along the way.  This book would be good for kids who are 10 and up.

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