The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan

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Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060289362
Branch Call Number: J Whi
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Marcellino, Fred - Illustrator


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Dec 23, 2020

A creative, silly, and yet touching tale, The Trumpet of the Swan told by E. B. White is one of my favorite novels. The story concerns a trumpeter swan named Louis, born with a condition that prevents him from making a honking sound. Louis suffers greatly due to his speech defect, until he acquires a brass trumpet, which allows him to communicate with other swans and even people. Eventually, he gains enough courage to woo the swan of his dreams with gentle songs from his trumpet. To find out whether he succeeds, read the book! When I first read this novel, I enjoyed the character development, as many supportive characters assist and guide Louis in his journey to gain a voice. Now, as I leaf through the book’s pages, I’m noticing that the soft illustrations are a perfect complement to the author’s writing, which definitely improves the book as a whole. As a tip for those who have decided to read this book, you can easily find the songs that Louis plays online, and listening to these songs will improve your reading experience.
Age rating: 8 and up (solely due to reading level)

Jan 10, 2019

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Aug 23, 2018

This was a very good book. It was interesting how Louis could do some things humans could do. The plot was good, and the characters were well built. I recommend this book to all ages.

Jul 03, 2018

This book is very amusing as a swan somehow plays a trumpet. You will soon be hooked by the book after reading the first chapter.

Jan 22, 2018

We just finished reading this book aloud with our kids (ages 6 & 9). The whole family loved it! Beautiful descriptions of wildlife, and a fun story. Every bit as enjoyable as Charlotte's Web.

Apr 18, 2017

EB White's love for birds and lakes and wildlife shines through in this lovely book. It is every bit as wonderful as Charlotte's Web. Would make a delightful read aloud for elementary students.

Aug 18, 2016

I like the swan in the story

Jun 15, 2016

My daughter (9) likes other books by the same author and is excited to read this one next.

Mar 19, 2014

I'm wondering what going to happen in the story...I think it's going to be the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!

marinaysn Jul 15, 2013

My son (8 years old, 3 grade) loves this book so much, that he asked to get some other books by the same author.

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Jul 03, 2014

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