A wonderful story by the author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, this is the tale of a Trumpeter Swan born without a voice. Spurned by the other swans, because he's different, Louis has a series of adventures in his quest to fulfill his dreams.
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
A childhood favorite - loved it.
This book was so funny. I loved!!
Simply lovely for ages 8-12. My favorite book as a child. 5 stars.
Children's book about a male trumpeter swan with out a voice. It sounds cute.
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.