The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

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Swan Song

Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection--he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?


About E. B. White

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E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren. Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination."
Published January 1, 1970 by Scholastic Inc.. 214 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A swan with a speech defect. . . ?

Sep 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Trumpet of the Swan

The Washington Post

And yet retain all of the charm and curious moral power of 'Peter and the Wolf.' " Norman, who won her Pulitzer Prize for the 1983 drama " 'night, Mother" and her Tony Award for the stage adaptation of "The Secret Garden," says that since she first read "Trumpet" 15 years ago, she has been obs...

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Common Sense Media

Louie's skill at reading and writing doesn't do him any good with the swans, who can't understand him, but he does find a sweet girl swan named Serena who understands him without words.

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Deseret News

And, sadly, even Little Richard sounds like a pale shadow of his former self on the clinker musical number "Louie Louie Louie."

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Nights and Weekends

In my mind, there are two categories of children’s entertainments: kinds .

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Spirituality & Practice

Unable to communicate, Louie convinces Sam (Sam Gifaldi), a young boy, to take him along to his elementary school in order to learn how to read and write.

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Christopher Michael Venditti's trumpet is the voice of Louis the trumpeter swan, who was born unable to make a sound in 'The Trumpet of the Swan.' A Kennedy Center presentation of a play with music in one act, adapted by Marsha Norman from the book by E.B.

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Songs, too, are unmemorable, even one called "Louie Louie Louie" that is performed by Little Richard.Editor, Joseph L.

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