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Book of Three
Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions! 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 have 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 in a new, redesigned paperback format. The jackets feature stunning art by acclaimed fantasy artist David Wyatt, giving the books a fresh look for today's generation of young fantasy lovers. The companion book of short stories, "The Foundling" is also available in paperback at this time. In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children."
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Sharanya
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(audiobook review)

I really enjoyed this rendition of one of my all time favorite books!! The narrator had a really soothing pitch and momentum that lulled me into the story. I wasn‘t a *big* fan of how pronounced he made Eilonwy‘s voice, but it didn‘t stop me from falling in love with her, and Taran, and Flam and Gurgi and all the rest all over again! 2nd for #24in48

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Sharanya
Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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*yawns hugely* good morning y‘all! Waking myself up by listening to this childhood favorite. How‘s everyone doing? #24in48

LibrarianRyan Love this series. Funko made Pops for SDCC. They are only available on Amazon. 6mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Finally someone acknowledges the awesomeness that is the Black Caldron. My FAVORITE Disney movie. Based on the series of books. Book one is tagged in must add these to my collection.

TorieStorieS This was the first movie that I ever attended in the theater!! And the books are some of my favorites!!! 💗💗💗 7mo
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TiffanyMichele
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Mehso-so

The story of Taran is a story of growing up and finding where your place in life is.
Over all this was a meh type of book for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ish.

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Fan_of_70
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Had a discussion with my mom (my love of books is genetic 😆) about rereading books you liked and discovering that they weren‘t as good as you remembered. This series was her example. So far in my own reread, I‘m really enjoying them.

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Tylercaulfield
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Got a new Kindle Oasis.
Ok, it's used, but it's new to me. Going to read The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander as the first book on here.

RaimeyGallant Looks nice! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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danielbyrne
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Good action adventure Fantasy

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Chrissyreadit
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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I am sure Gurgi will #howl for crunchings and munchings 🖤🖤🖤 #octoberxfiles

Cinfhen That cover😳 1y
ravenlee LOVE this series. I‘m reading it to my daughter now. 1y
Chrissyreadit @ravenlee yay! It was a favorite of mine and my kids! 1y
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Chrissyreadit
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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dragondrool Loved these as a kid. I should reread it. 1y
StayCurious I loved the entire Series❤️ 8mo
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Phinfluenza
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Bought all 5 books of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain some years back, used for about $10 total. FINALLY got around to reading the first of the series and am annoyed with myself for waiting so long. A funtastic story full of adventure, suspense, and a world rich with history, magical creatures, and diverse characters. Excited to continue on through the saga!

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mklinkenborg
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Some of my favorite books. Day 6 of 7: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
#books #bookstagram #library #fantasy #favoritebooks

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MelissaSasina
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Back in high school, I discovered Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series. This series is what started my love of fantasy. I couldn't get enough and started borrowing books from the library left and right. To this day, this series holds a special place on my bookshelves and my heart.

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TorieStorieS
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In fourth grade, I discovered this book and it quickly became my favorite and started my love of fantasy novels! Though I read it multiple times when younger, I listened to the audio version for the first time now and was surprised with how much I remembered- though written in the 1960s, this book still holds up today and it feels modern and fresh! And #audiocoloring while listening was a genuine treat!!

Clare-Dragonfly I really loved these books as a kid! I reread them… sometime in the past ten years and I think I still loved them. 2y
TorieStorieS @Clare-Dragonfly Yay!! So happy to find a fellow fan! I‘m having such fun listening to them for the first time!! 2y
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ravenlee
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Finished reading this to the kid tonight. She loved it! Which kind of surprised me, I admit. We'll read a few other things before forging ahead in the series.
It does read a bit like other fantasy series, with some stock characters, but it's a great middle-grade quest/good-vs-evil with young protagonist story. Good intro to Tolkien and other classics.

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TracyReadsBooks
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Published in the 1960s, this start to The Chronicles of Prydain holds its own in the world of high fantasy written for children. The key is the witty dialog and quirky cast of characters. Taran is an assistant pig-keeper who longs to be a hero. When he gets the opportunity, he learns it‘s more complicated & just as dangerous as he expected. As I read it, I couldn‘t help but think it was like LOTR for young readers (in a good way). A fun read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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The first chapter was delightful. I do believe this is going to be a fun read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Somehow, and I‘m not really sure how it‘s possible, I‘ve not read this series. I really feel as if I should so taking this one home with me and putting it on the top of the TBR pile.

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RealLifeReading
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7 days 7 book covers .
Post a book cover you love. No explanation, no information on the book. Just a book cover you love.
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Kalalalatja That‘s a cute book! 2y
smilingshelves I love this series, but I've never seen this cover. I just might have to track these editions down for myself! 2y
Zelma Really like that cover! 2y
BucklingBookshelves I love that cover! I have the boxed set (with different covers) and keep forgetting I want to read them — maybe this year :) 2y
UrsulaMonarch Oooo this made me remember the beloved ! 2y
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The.Book.Drunkard
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Couldn't agree more!

#bookdrunkard #books #fantasy

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balletbookworm
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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For #30daysofreadathon‘s “alternative” prompt, I went with an alternate cover: the anniversary edition of Lloyd Alexander‘s The Book of Three from Henry Holt @deweysreadathon

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Brie
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Thanks, @jdtchicago I think I was tagged for #topfivefaves before, so I'll do new answers this time. It was hard picking favorites anyway.
1. Series: Chronicles of Prydain
2. Movie: Rear Window
3. Color: Blue
4. Dessert: Tiramisu
5. Flower: Amaryllis

pppooraikul This chronicles! 😍 2y
RealBooks4ever Always wanted to read this series! 😻 2y
LeeRHarry I'm slowly collecting this series for my nephew - I think he'd like them, particularly as he's a little Welshie 😊 2y
DivineDiana Rear Window is a favorite! Grace Kelly's wardrobe is divine! 2y
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RealLifeReading
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#fallintobooks days 18 & 19:
The Book of Three and the rest of the Black Cauldron series is a bit of a #sentimental read for me as it was probably the first fantasy and #quest -related books that I read (and reread over and over) as a kid. I loved the story of a young pig keeper and the special pig he cares for. And the band of misfits he meets along the way!

clconn17 I loved this series as a kid too! I've been thinking of rereading it and hope it is just as enjoyable as an adult. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Had totally forgotten about this series ! 2y
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moniquereads
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
Mehso-so

Didn't enjoy it so much, unfortunately. At the back of my mind I'm always thinking it's a rip-off of some "grownup" fantasy series, so I should probably steer clear of this kind of books from now on.

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AdeleReads
Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Nearing my 6 hour mark for the #24in48 readathon. A long way to go, I know! About 100 pages into a new fantasy series (that my husband has been raving about for age) and snacking on these jellybeans. I think Dumbledore would approve of these choices. @24in48

aeeklund This was one of my childhood favorites. And has continued to be a favorite as I've grown up. I hope you enjoy them!! 3y
AdeleReads I loved the first one! Now just have to decide if I'll go to book two next or switch it up and read another kind of book. But excited for my return to Prydain. (edited) 3y
bookishbitch I also enjoyed these books. More than I was expecting. 3y
AdeleReads @bookishbitch I'm glad I finally started the series, and will be cool to see how the characters mature and change. 3y
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jfalkens
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Very good!

readinginthedark I love this series!!! 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I couldn't settle on just one book for #awholeneworld so here's a #shelfie. I love fantasy! My shelves are pretty jumbled, so this is a mixture of old beloved favorites (Lloyd Alexander), newer favorites (Tam Lin), and TBR (History of Wolves). #jubilantjuly

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jfalkens
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lildeb_8 The Chronicles of Prydain was one of my favorite series as a child! 3y
readordierachel The Golem and the Jinni is sooo good. Enjoy! 3y
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jfalkens @ReadOrDieRachel thank you 😊 I'm starting it first 😀 3y
brennahawleycraig 😍 what an amazing order! My husband is reading the Golem and the Jinni right now. 3y
jfalkens @brennahawleycraig thank you 😊 I placed another order yesterday 😂😂 3y
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StephanieMarie
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Audiobook done, but I have less than 100pgs left in this book so.... WHY NOT? 🙃🙃🙃 #litsypartyofone

JazzFeathers Been ages of ages since last l read Lloyd Alexander! 3y
StephanieMarie @JazzFeathers it's actually my first time! Not sure how that happened! I'm loving it so far 3y
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LibrarianRyan
Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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My turn:

1️⃣Farm country and Capitol of Illinois.
2️⃣this one is always so hard... adult... To kill a mocking bird ... kids... Bridge to terebithia
3️⃣the phaydian Chronicals
4️⃣tie: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal
5️⃣Big Bang Theory
6️⃣nirvana, U2
7️⃣acid green, cranberry, and aqua
8️⃣fantasy/sci-if
9️⃣state library
🔟2 fur babies who have been posted before: Flibbitty- Jibbett, and the Dali Lama

LaurenReads I went to college in Jacksonville, IL :) it was too rural for me to stay though. 3y
sprainedbrain The Labyrinth! Nirvana! ❤️ 3y
LibrarianRyan @LaurenReads Springfield isn't rural enough. However the new house , while in town is almost like living in the country. McMurry? 3y
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rachelm You remind me of the babe. 3y
LibrarianRyan @rachelm the babe with the power😉 3y
NCNY Oooh. Acid green. Great color! 3y
rachelm 😁 3y
autumnlupin did you hear they're doing a dark crystal prequel thing??? I can only hope it's good, the dark crystal is an incredible movie, skeksis aside 3y
LibrarianRyan @autumnlupin I know. I can't decide if I'm excited or fearful. 3y
Bklover My daughter and her husband live in Springfield. Visit a lot (I went to high school there as well). I'm about an hour and a half away! 3y
maich We have match in 8.❤ 3y
LibrarianRyan @Bklover 👍🏻 maybe one day we can do a meet up. 3y
LibrarianRyan @maich 👍🏻🤓 3y
Bklover @LibrarianRyan That would be fun!! 3y
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RealLifeReading
Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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#aprilbookshowers day 28: #aneeyorekindofread
While the general air of this series is relatively hopeful, there is one character I would think Eeyore would approve of, and that is Doli of the "fair folk", the curmudgeonly dwarf

LeahBergen A madeleine! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com Such a cute teapot! 3y
Chachic What a lovely #bookandtea shot! That edition of the book is gorgeous. 3y
aeeklund I love Doli so much! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Gorgeous photo! 3y
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meichner87
The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Rereading some of the books I own. I did enjoy this one, but whoooey the coded racism is a thing. #bookshelfproject #booksiown #fantasy

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AmandaL
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I scoured my shelves and found these. #publishedinthe1960s #aprilbookshowers

bookslesstravelled I just read the Book of Three and loved it! I read The Black Cauldron years ago, so I've long been a fan of Alexander's work. 3y
AmandaL @adventuresthruwonderland I read it yeeeaaars ago and loved it. Alexander definitely helped cement my love of fantasy as a kid. 😊 3y
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Somasis
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One of my favorite series as a kid, I was so happy when they started putting these lovely editions out. #publishedinthe1960s #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

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JTRobertson
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I first read this book when I was seven or eight, and found it all kinds of epic. Reading it again as an adult, it was a little less so. While still a great story with enjoyable characters, I found the pacing a little too quick. Listening to the audiobook I just kept wishing the author would slow down and let me savor the depth of the world. Still a great read. If rated with stars, it'd be a 4 out of 5. Not sure if I'll continue the series.

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RealLifeReading
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@LibrarianRyan
This is the 50th anniversary hardcover edition of The Book of Three. I managed to grab a copy from Book Outlet at a good price! There is also a 50th anniversary edition of The Black Cauldron but I'm not sure about the rest of the series.

bookwrm526 I LOVE this series, but somehow I didn't read them until I was in college! 3y
emtobiasz I think it's time for a reread of this series! 3y
Moray_Reads Gorgeous! 3y
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TheKidUpstairs I don't know this series, but that is one beauty of a cover! 3y
LeeRHarry How lovely, I have never read these but being a Welshy I definitely should! 😏 3y
LibrarianRyan I'll have to keep an eye out. I have not seen it on book out let and I seem to buy copies for gifts often enough. Thanks for the new photos. 3y
I-read-and-eat I love these books! Only read them after I started studying Middle Welsh. I really missed out as a kid 😊 3y
silentrequiem So pretty. I never finished the series. I deliberately stopped before I could finish The High King because I didn't want it to end. 3y
tstan One of my favorite series as a preteen. 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Beautiful! I really loved this series when I was a kid. 3y
HKGirl Wow! 😍 3y
Chachic Gorgeous! 3y
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RealLifeReading
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#marchintoreading day 6: #happyreads

They might not be all happy in terms of content but the sight of these books always makes me happy!

BibliophileMomma So pretty! 3y
LibrarianRyan Your hardcover of book of three is gorgeous! I have to ask where you got it. And is the entire series available? 3y
GypsyKat So pretty! 💗 3y
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rubyslippersreads They make a lovely rainbow, too. 😄 3y
erzascarletbookgasm What a pretty sight! I'm happy looking at them! 3y
britt_brooke Ooh, this makes me happy, too. Gorgeous! 3y
Chachic Beautiful editions! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I second @LibrarianRyan That Book of Three looks gorgeous! 3y
Nebula_of_Books The Book of Three is great! Nice introduction into fantasy for children (and adults too!) 3y
LibrarianRyan @optojake when I was still doing children's book clubs I had a parent tell me I was morbid for having the kids read Book of 3. All because of the cover. 3y
Nebula_of_Books @LibrarianRyan I have learned this fact in life: "Complainers complain and unhappy people are unhappy." Those parents need to get over themselves and read the actual book. 3y
TheBookStacker Gorgeous books! 😍 3y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 3y
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan ugh parents. I was actually considering reading it aloud to my kids. But I think 3 might be a bit early! 3y
RealLifeReading @rubyslippersreads @erzascarletbookgasm @britt_brooke @Chachic I hope to one day collect all the Puffin in Bloom series. They're such beautiful books! 3y
RealLifeReading @TobeyTheScavengerMonk @LibrarianRyan I was lucky and found it on bookoutlet.com. It's a 50th anniversary edition. 3y
LisaD0115 Beautiful shelf! 3y
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bookishbitch
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This was loaned to me by a friend. It was so much more than I expected it to be. Loved it and can't wait to dig into the next in the series.

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bookishbitch
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"I have studied the race of men," Medwyn continued. "I have seen that alone you stand as weak reeds by a lake. You must learn to help yourselves, that is true; but you must also learn to help one another. Are you not, all of you, lame ants?"

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Nebula_of_Books
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Fun and imaginative children's fantasy novel! AND I'm working on my A to Z challenge too.

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EdenParks
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First book of the new year! Decided to revisit a classic.

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thewhitehat
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"Well, that is one of the three foundations of learning: see much, study much, suffer much."

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Arkrayder
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book. First time reading a Lloyd Alexander book. I did find that there seemed to be always something happening to the characters and that the story seemed to jog a long at a fairly fast pace to the detriment of character building. Part of me really wished that the author had tried to build a world behind the story in the same vain as Tolkien.

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DiruVamp
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Total impulse purchase but after seeing @RealLifeReading post I HAD to get this book with THIS cover because how gorgeous is this?! 🤓

RealLifeReading YESSSSS!!! (I'm kinda proud of having inspired an impulse buy) 😂 But it is a beauty! 3y
Laalaleighh 😍😍😍 3y
Grrlbrarian Oh I might need this. What a beauty! 3y
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LeahBergen I am surprised that I never found this series as a kid. This edition makes me want to read it now. 😁 3y
DiruVamp @LeahBergen I have to admit I'm a little disappointed in myself that I hadn't heard of it until now! 3y
LitHousewife Pretty! 3y
BookishMarginalia Gorgeous! 3y
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RealLifeReading
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Princess Eilonwy, Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, Hen Wen, Doli! I may not have known how to pronounce all their names but as a kid I wanted to be part of this gang, magic, sword fighting, pig-keeping, and all. I loved this series as a kid and it's fun going back to it as an adult in this breathtaking 50th anniversary edition (sadly the rest of my series is regular). #augustphotochallenge #bookishfriendship #bookphotochallenge

ReadingRailroader Loved these books as a kid! Just reread them a few years ago. 3y
AmandaL I loved these books too! 3y
Mayread What an excellent choice! As a kid, I always wanted that magical bag & my very own Gurgi. 3y
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TheSpinecrackersBookClub Absolutely beautiful photo. I love everything about it. 3y
pppooraikul This series is magical! Totally loved it. ❤️ 3y
DiruVamp That cover is fantastic! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I've never heard of this series! Magic and pig keeping - what an intriguing combination! 3y
readingonarainyday Never heard or read these books but they sound great! I'll look out for these for when my daughter is a little older. 3y
LeahBergen I ❤️ that Proustian madeleine! 3y
quirkyreader I love the new cover. 🐸🐙 3y
RealLifeReading @ReadingRailroader @AmandaL glad to find more fans of the series! 3y
RealLifeReading @Skiles oh yes that magical bag! 3y
RealLifeReading @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Taran is a young boy who's kinda in charge of a magical pig, Hen Wen. Of course he would rather be a warrior, fighting with swords and all 3y
RealLifeReading @readingonarainyday I have to caution you that it can be quite dark for a kids series but I fully intend to read it with my kids soon! 3y
RealLifeReading Thanks @LeahBergen it was pretty tasty too 😀 3y
RealLifeReading @quirkyreader it is a beauty! 3y
Procrastireader Ah, Welsh, the tongue that disdains vowels 3y
Esteph What a beautiful copy! 3y
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AmandaL
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#TBT - The Prydain stories by Lloyd Alexander. These were books my mom got me after I blew through the Narnia series as a kid, and I loved them. I wonder how adult me would feel about them...🤔

Chessa I loved them when I was younger, too! I just read The Book of Three to my kids and we all liked it. Then I read The Black Cauldron to them and found it realllllly slow! Not sure if we'll continue or not. 4y
Mayread ❤️❤️❤️ The Foundling. Just thinking about it makes me tear up... The story of wisdom & its toll just crushed me as a kid. 4y
AmandaL @Chessa At least the first one was still good! 4y
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AmandaL @Skiles I love that you still remember how it made you feel! 4y
Mayread Certain books hit you at the right place & time. 🙂 4y
readinginthedark I need to re-read these, too! 4y
Texreader @AmandaL Is that Luke Skywalker on the cover top left? I've never heard of these but they look intriguing. I too saved special books from my childhood. How beautiful! 4y
quirkyreader These books come in through work all the time. And they get shelved in the Children's Award Winner section. I try to keep series that have award winners together. 4y
AmandaL @Texreader He does look like Luke! They were first published in the 60's, but I read them in the '80's. Thank you! 4y
AmandaL @quirkyreader That is so cool. It amazes me that they are still being read! 4y
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Heidsalot
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I also really like children's/YA fantasy.