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The Trumpet of the  Swan
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 »
ISBN: 115686
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 210
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Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
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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.