The Trumpet of the Swan Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Nov 2001
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I felt for Louis and loved his character and even now can only imagine a grand old swan with his mate flourishing a trumpet.
Thicker than White's others, it's no harder a read though, the length needn't put young readers off. It may be one I read with my son (4) when he's a little older.
On a Canadian lake during a holiday, Sam Beaver discovers and watches a pair of Trumpeter swans as they hatch their eggs... He befriends the pair and meets their brood - including Louis, the cygnet who finds he is mute. As he grows up, his parents realise that this will prevent him from finding a mate, and his father vows to help him find his voice.
I couldn't see exactly where this would take the characters, so it was an enchanting journey with Louis as he finds an artificial trumpeting sound, and tries to pay back the debt he owes for his voice.
Louis's interaction with humans may be unusual for an animal story (he learns to read and write and interacts with a fair feel for normality), but White has done something similar before - Fern can understand Wilbur and Charlotte, Stuart Little can talk to his human family. It's fantasy but in an everyday setting.
Louis makes a very appealing hero. I loved his verbose father and the David Attenborough-like Sam, their human friend. The story shows a fondness for tranquil natural settings and the quaint feel of big cities of the period.
Now, why not make this into a film*, as Hollywood has done with both of its predecessors? It would make a very sweet cartoon, and the book would get a much-deserved boost as well.Read more ›
The trumpet of the swan is about a trumpeter swan named Louis, but Louis was born not being able to make a sound! One day, Louis's father steals a trumpet for Louis so that he could attract a beautiful trumpeter swan called Serena. But Serena pays no attention to Louis, even after he learns to read and write at school!
If I could, I would rate this book 1 million stars; it ought to be a classic! I recommend this book for children from 8-12 years of age. If you read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This small hardback edition contains only wispy black and white illustrations on poor quality paper. This is a surprise as Fred Marcellino is best known for colour work. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter R. Campion
I have read it to my 2nd grade students, and they have really enjoyed it! Very nice story, I totally recommend this book!Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by E. Roberts