The Trumpet of the Swan Author:E.B. White Louis is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however promised to help. Sam Beaver, a boy who loved allwild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write, but this did not help as he was in love with ... more »the beautiful swan, Swrena.« less
Probably the most beautiful children's book that I've read out loud to my six-year-old was E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. The Trumpet of the Swan is a close second. It's much funnier than Charlotte's Web--the absurd and delightful character of the old cob is just amazing to read out to a child. Like the better known Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan has two protagonists: a human child and a young animal. I love the clever way White balances anthropomorphism and naturalism in both books.
One thing that was remarkable to me as a parent was the American character of the language. A lot of beautiful children's books are British and they sound British, but White is somehow as American as Whitman without any pretension or affectation.
I also approved of the lessons of this book, which were about adapting to disability.