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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tales with Old World Flavor
This collection of short stories focuses on events long before Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. While it sheds more light on some of the characters and situations in that series, the book really stands alone. And, to be honest, I liked it better. Alexander evokes the atmosphere of the best fairy tales without merely copying them. Often, modern writers in this...
Published on 17 Aug 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the "real" Prydian Chronicles
I will start by saying the the Prydian Chronicles are the best books I've ever read. Since I first read them when I was in 5th grade, I instantly loved them. I have re-read them many times, and still love them just as much as when I was a child. This is definatley a good book for any fan of the Prydian Chronicles (like myself), because it focuses on the past of many...
Published on 21 July 1999


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tales with Old World Flavor, 17 Aug 1999
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This collection of short stories focuses on events long before Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. While it sheds more light on some of the characters and situations in that series, the book really stands alone. And, to be honest, I liked it better. Alexander evokes the atmosphere of the best fairy tales without merely copying them. Often, modern writers in this genre try to candy coat the material, removing the danger and threat of evil from their fantasies; or they merely parody existing tales, attempting to add "sophistication" to their stories so that we jaded adults will like them, too. Alexander is above such tactics. These stories are really morality tales about honor, the price of knowledge, the importance of community, the value of friendship, the sacredness of life. Readers, regardless of their ages, come away having learned something. But Alexander is never preachy or obvious; he tells his tales with wit, charm, and imagination. Buy this book for yourself, read it to your children, and save it for your grandchildren.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tales with Old World Flavor, 17 Aug 1999
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This collection of short stories focuses on events long before Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. While it sheds more light on some of the characters and situations in that series, the book really stands alone. And, to be honest, I liked it better. Alexander evokes the atmosphere of the best fairy tales without merely copying them. Often, modern writers in this genre try to candy coat the material, removing the danger and threat of evil from their fantasies; or they merely parody existing tales, attempting to add "sophistication" to their stories so that we jaded adults will like them, too. Alexander is above such tactics. These stories are really morality tales about honor, the price of knowledge, the importance of community, the value of friendship, the sacredness of life. Readers, regardless of their ages, come away having learned something. But Alexander is never preachy or obvious; he tells his tales with wit, charm, and imagination. Buy this book for yourself, read it to your children, and save it for your grandchildren.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers some Questions, 29 Jan 1999
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This book is really good, but too short! It tells of events before Taran's birth and sheds some light on Eilonwy's anscestry, Fflewdur's pre-Taran life, and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for people with an imagination, 27 April 1999
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lloyd alexander is an excellent children's author who writes imaginative books for people of all ages who sometimes let their minds wander.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the "real" Prydian Chronicles, 21 July 1999
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I will start by saying the the Prydian Chronicles are the best books I've ever read. Since I first read them when I was in 5th grade, I instantly loved them. I have re-read them many times, and still love them just as much as when I was a child. This is definatley a good book for any fan of the Prydian Chronicles (like myself), because it focuses on the past of many characters from the novels. With that said, you're probably asking yourself why I only gave it 3 stars. The reason is, after reading the Prydain Chronicles, I loved the characters so much that I wanted to hear more of their adventures. This book is more of a history lesson than a new adventure, and many of the stories are too short to develop the characters or their situations with the charm that Lloyd did with the Prydian Chronicles. Whereas the Prydain Chronicles pulled me into the world of Prydian, "The Foundling..." made me feel more like I was reading a one dimensional historical outline from afar. Still, it is a good book for any fan of the Prydian Chronicles, but for those who aren't familiar with them yet, here's my advice: Skip this book for now, and read the Prydian Chronicles first!!!! It an excellent experience!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEFORE THE BIRTH OF TARAN WANDERER, 11 Jun 1998
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Fans of The Book of Three--rejoice! Alexander presents us with 6 short stories set in Prydain (part Wales, part Middle Earth), before the actual triolgy begins. We pre-meet some old friends, which is always fun. Some of the tales are grim while others are whimsical, but all are woven with Alexander's skillful charm into a tapestry of myth, sorcery and dreams of valor.
As the author explains: "Popular demand makes a splendid pretext for a writer to do what he always wanted to do in the first place...inspired by Welsh legend..." A delightful read for friends of Taran and Co.-- an excellent introduction to children of all ages who have yet to meet The Friends.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Taran, Eilonwy, and Gurgi..., 28 Aug 1998
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...there was Dallben, who was found in the Marshes of Morva by three enchantresses. Of course, other stories are in this book. The story of a farmer who wishes never to grow old also takes up a few pages, along with the betrothal of Eilonwy's mother, Angharad, the mystery of the sword Dyrnwyn finally revealed, and much more!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prydain, 27 Feb 2014
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Wonderful companion to the series, I enjoyed getting to find out all the little extra pieces of the story; like how Fflewddur Fflam got his enchanted harp and it's nice to find out more about Dallben.

Definitely worth buying.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend, 31 May 2011
Book was as described and arrived quickly. For an ex-library hardback I was surprised how good the condition was. Top marks!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 27 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (Paperback)
A lovely collection of stories, I was really pleased to come across them on here. A joy for any fan of the series.
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