The Trumpet of the Swan
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Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 2000
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 02/15/15.
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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?
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."
JennTNAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book with a cautionJune 7, 2012JennTNAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a wonderful read. It was fun and engaging for both myself and my 8 year old. Each chapter leaves you wondering what will happen to Louis next. This story is full of valuable lessons. It is about Louis, a trumpeter swan who is unable to make noise. His father tries to help by stealing a trumpet. Knowing this is the wrong thing to do Louis sets out to right the wrong and secure his future. The only word of caution I have for this book is that in chapter 13 there is a small section where Louis has his friend use a razor to cut his webbing on one of his feet. I felt that this material was a little inappropriate for a young reader. Skipping that small section did not ruin the rest of the book in any way. It might be beneficial to read chapter 13 before allowing a child to read it so each parent can judge whether or not that section is suitable for their child to read. Towards the end of the book something happens with Louis's father that seems really bad, but to me it was worth reading through that part. This book is definitely worth purchasing!
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