Teacher Guide: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

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. 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 pic, 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?  What does it mean to be a hero, anyway? 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 right story to ignite a love of reading in even the most reluctant young Pig Keeper.