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The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (1970)


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Upper elementary 3-5 grades, great for looking at different characters, struggle and determination of main character, also at being different, handicap
  ElaineZhang | Jul 16, 2015 |
E.B. White makes you feel for the animal characters. In the trumpet of the swans, E.B. White makes you actually think about a swan, to understand how complicated a swan is. This story is about a mute swan named Luis. He went to school to learn how to read and write. After he came back from school he found out that no other swan could read or write. Then his father went to steal a trumpet to give Luis a voice. The whole book is about how Luis repays hi fathers debts. I think everyone young and old would enjoy this book because it is emotional and cute at times. ( )
  EliW6 | May 9, 2015 |
One of my favorites as a child, holds up well to a reread. Not sure if an adult, reading it for the first time, would be able to suspend disbelief about the swans' lives in the midst ofa mostly realistic, even educational story. But White does write beautifully, of course, and there are some lovely ideas and passages here.

And some humor. Louis's father is a good cob, but rather vain and given to fancy language. At one point he speaks of "'Here I glide, swanlike...'" and his wife reproaches him, because how *else* would a swan glide? "He decided he'd better do more gliding and less talking."

If you're a fan of Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little (the book), give this a go. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Absolutely one of my favorites from reading as a child! We just read this to our 7 year-old & he really enjoyed it as well. A story of a young swan who doesn't have a voice, but is given a trumpet. The young swan, Louis, grows up to be a star at a local camp & eventually a zoo. He even captures the heart of Serena, the female swan he has adored since being a little cygnet. I would be curious to check out this full-color release. the one we have at home is in black & white. ( )
  shane54 | Mar 30, 2015 |
I reread this when my officemate's daughter was reading it and it was utterly charming yet very very odd all at the same time. I loved the Swan Boat connection that I remembered from reading it as a kid.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Frascino, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Walking back to camp through the swamp, Sam wondered whether to tell his father what he had seen.
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Louis is a trumpeter swan. He is born one summer on a little pond in Canada, along with four brothers and sisters. But Louis has a terrible problem. Unlike the rest of his joyfully noisy family, Louis can't make a single sound. And without a trumpet sound, his true love - the beautiful swan Serena - just ignores him. Louis's father promises to help. So does Sam Beaver, a boy who loves all wild animals. First Louis goes to school with Sam and learns to read and write. But swans can't read, so Louis still can't make himself understood. That's when Louis's father puts his honor aside and steals a brass trumpet to give his son a voice. Louis's determination to pay off his father's debt and to woo his own true love takes him far from the wilderness he loves, but his faith and his joy in life are always with him.
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Although he lacks a voice in the traditional "Ko-hoh!" sense, trumpeter swan Louis learns to speak to the world with a trumpet stolen from a music store by his father. With the support of an unusual boy named Sam, who helps Louis learn how to read and write, the swan has some rather unswanlike adventures and ultimately wins the love--and the freedom--of a beautiful swan named Serena.

For over 30 years, E.B. White's masterpiece has captured the fancy of countless readers. Now, with stunning new art by award-winning illustrator Fred Marcellino, the beloved story can be experienced anew. The sepia-colored drawings lend an old-fashioned charm to the story--it's almost as if, with their complementary dry wit and uniquely creative talents, White and Marcellino originally worked together. Marcellino received the Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.

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