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Title:
The black cauldron
ISBN:
9780805009927

9780805080490

9781439533109

9781627793230

9780805061314

9780440406495

9780030896873

9780030510557
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, [1965]
Physical Description:
224 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 2.
General Note:
The black cauldron is a part of a series entitled the Chronicles of Prydain Book -1. The book of three -2. Black cauldron -3. Castle of Llyr -4. Taran Wanderer -5. High King.

Short stories preceded the novels: Coll and his white pig 1965; Truthful harp 1967; The foundling and other tales of Prydain 1973.
Contents:
The council at Caer Dallben -- The naming of the tasks -- In the shadow of Dark Gate -- The huntsmen of Annuvin -- Gwystyl -- A stone in the shoe -- The brooch -- The Marshes of Morva -- The cottage -- Little Dallben -- The plan -- The price -- The black Cochran -- The river -- The choice -- the Loss -- The war lord -- The final price.
Summary:
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, faces dangers as he seeks the magical Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.
Reading Level:
Grade 5-7.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Middle Grade 5.2 7.0 Kilgore Intermediate.
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Author Notes

Lloyd Alexander, January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007 Born Lloyd Chudley Alexander on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Allan Audley and Edna Chudley Alexander, Lloyd knew from a young age that he wanted to write. He was reading by the time he was 3, and though he did poorly in school, at the age of fifteen, he announced that he wanted to become a writer. At the age of 19 in 1942, Alexander dropped out of the West Chester State Teachers College in Pennsylvania after only one term. In 1943, he attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, before dropping out again and joining the United States Army during World War II. Alexander served in the Intelligence Department, stationed in Wales, and then went on to Counter-Intelligence in Paris, where he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. When the war ended in '45, Alexander applied to the Sorbonne, but returned to the States in '46, now married.

Alexander worked as an unpublished writer for seven years, accepting positions such as cartoonist, advertising copywriter, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine. Directly after the war, he had translated works for such artists as Jean Paul Sartre. In 1955, "And Let the Credit Go" was published, Alexander's first book which led to 10 years of writing for an adult audience. He wrote his first children's book in 1963, entitled "Time Cat," which led to a long career of writing for children and young adults.

Alexander is best known for his "Prydain Chronicles" which consist of "The Book of Three" in 1964, "The Black Cauldron" in 1965 which was a Newbery Honor Book, as well as an animated motion picture by Disney which appeared in 1985, "The Castle of Llyr" in 1966, "Taran Wanderer" in 1967, a School Library Journal's Best Book of the Year and "The High King" which won the Newberry Award. Many of his other books have also received awards, such as "The Fortune Tellers," which was a Boston Globe Horn Book Award winner. In 1986, Alexander won the Regina Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Catholic Library Association. His titles have been translated into many languages including, Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Serbo-Croation and Swedish.

He died on May 17, 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The Black Cauldron (Holt, 1965) is the second book in the five book series by Lloyd Alexander, and is a Newbery Honor Book. It continues the story of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain. Taran, with a band of warriors and friends, is called upon to find and destroy the Black Cauldron, which is being used by the evil Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, to produce deathless warriors from the bodies of his fallen enemies. Throughout this quest, Taran and his companions learn about sacrifice, honor, and courage. Alexander reads an author's note at the beginning, explaining that his stories have some basis in the literary tradition of Wales, but that he wants readers to relate the stories to what is going on in their lives right now. The audiobook is ably narrated by actor James Langton who deftly creates distinctive characters and engages the audience. Listeners will must have read or listened to the first book in the series, The Book of Three (Holt, 1964; Listening Library), in order to sort out the numerous characters and place names and develop a bond with the characters and their plight. Libraries already circulating the first book will want to have this available for fans.-Jo-Ann Carhart, East Islip Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

These editions of the series (plus [cf2]The Foundling[cf1]) feature elegant jackets in black and silver, spacious book designs, and welcome pronunciation guides (a boon when faced with such challenges as [cf2]Arianllyn, Lluagor[cf1], and [cf2]Oeth-Anoeth[cf1]!). From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.