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The Trumpet of the Swan Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; New edition edition (29 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064408671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064408677
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone has a story from childhood that they remember and sometimes revisit. This little gem is EB White's lesser known work compared to Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little but no less powerful. It is touching and strong because it there is no bad guy, no evil character or even a protagonist, just about Louis the swan and how he overcomes his mute handicap with the support and love of his family and friends, growing up and finding love as he does so. White does it amongst the backdrop of an America that is still innocent but familiar to children and lovers of wildlife alike.
I felt for Louis and loved his character and even now can only imagine a grand old swan with his mate flourishing a trumpet.
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I only just heard about this for the first time, having grown up with White's Charlotte's Web and more lately Stuart Little. This is a little gem, really, a wonderful story about a swan that's unlike his peers, that has a rather unusual adventure.

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.
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E.B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and graduated from Cornell University. He was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal in 1970 for both Charlotte's Web, a Newbery Honor Book, and Stuart Little. The trumpet of the swan was named an ALA Notable Childrens Book. Mr. White, who wrote seventeen books of prose and poetry, was elected the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1973.

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.
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