The Book of Three, 50th Anniversary Edition - Lloyd Alexander, Shannon Hale

Pigs abound in children’s literature: Charlotte’s Web, Winnie-the-Pooh, Mercy Watson… Hen-Wen the oracular pig, who was introduced to the world fifty years ago in the first book of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, The Book of Three (Holt, $24.99), is one of the most interesting of the lot. When Hen-Wen runs off, and there are signs of the return of Arawn the Death-Lord, blundering Assistant Pig-Keeper, Taran, finds himself in the center of a fight to save the kingdom of Prydain. Drawing on Celtic mythology, Alexander weaves an entirely unique story. This 50th-anniversary edition is beautifully clothbound, and features a wonderful introduction by Shannon Hale.  Ages 9-12. SB