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


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A delightful book. This book seems meant to be read out loud. E.B. White's characters, from the Old Cob to Sam to the judge, come to life and bring the story to life as well. Rebekah and I loved this one and can't wait to read Sturt Little. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
A delightful book. This book seems meant to be read out loud. E.B. White's characters, from the Old Cob to Sam to the judge, come to life and bring the story to life as well. Rebekah and I loved this one and can't wait to read Sturt Little. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
It a sweet story and I would recement reading it before watching the movie but I have read and watched the movie and it somewhat similar to the book but the book is quite more detailed. ( )
  Lindz2012 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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 |
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Frascino, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcellino, FredIllustratorsecondary 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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