An all-time classic fantasy tale for young readers, Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three won a Newbery Honor medal in 1964. It is the first in a five-book series that concludes with The High King, which won the Newbery Medal in 1968. The Book of Three tells the story of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper at Caer Dallben in the mythical land of Prydain, who longs for adventure and heroic glory. He has been born at the right time, for Prydain is beset by the evil lord Arawn and his champion, the wicked Horned King. Leaving home in pursuit of his runaway pig, Taran falls in with a colorful band of companions and eventually has the chance to be the hero he has always dreamed of. Will he take it? Is Taran’s heart really made of heroic stuff? What does it mean to be a hero, anyway? These questions and more receive memorable answers in the first installment of Alexander’s masterpiece.
We highly recommend this story for boys who may be reluctant readers. Fast paced and funny, it is filled with swords, knights and evil sorcerers, along with a host of admirable themes. The Book of Three is just the story to ignite a love of reading in even the most reluctant young Pig Keeper.
Our 24-page Teacher Guide prepares you to lead an exciting discussion of the story’s themes with a minimum of preparation time. Socratic questions cover Plot, Conflict, Theme, Setting, Characters, Literary Devices and Context. Suggested essay assignments and a completed Story Chart are also included.
Teacher Guide: 24 pages.
Reading Level: 4th grade and up
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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander