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The Trumpet of the Swan
     

The Trumpet of the Swan

4.6 65
by E. B. White
 

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Luois is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however, promised to help.

Sam Beaver, a boy who loved all wild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write. This was a help, but it did not solve his major problem: he was

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Trumpet of the Swan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Trumpet of the Swan is a children’s novel written by E.B White. This book is a folk-tale story about a swan learning how to believe in himself. Sam, a young boy, shows sympathy for a helpless swan that can’t get his voice. The swan’s name is Louis and his father doesn’t like an imperfect family, but he believes that his son may be able to get his voice. Will Louis ever find his voice? Sam Beaver is an eleven year old boy that has black hair and brown eyes like an Indian. Sam also walks like an Indian too, and really likes to visit wild places. Sam finds a Trumpeter Swan at the pond and he has never seen anything like that in his life. In chapter four, the cygnets hatch from the eggs and say hi to Sam, but one of them pulls Sam's shoe laces. The male cob is excited that he is a father now. On page 42, the mother swan gets the father's attention due to Louis's lack of voice. She says “Have you noticed anything different about Louis?” The father swan suffers from anxiety because has an imperfect son.  Louis thinks about his communication problem and thinks of his own answer. He will learn how to read and write. He carries a slate and chalk and is able to talk to anyone who can read. Louis spends the night at the Ritz. When the Boatman takes Louis to the Ritz, the clerk has a hard time accepting the swan as a guest. Louis does not like his job. On page 179, Louis says “This job is a waste of my time; I could be playing my trumpet right now.” The swans like to go to sleep when the sun goes down, but musicians seem to wake up a sundown and play most of the night. Louis does not enjoy the noise and chaos of the club. Louis and Serena come home to the Red Rock Lakes. The old cob receives a letter saying that he has to pay four million dollars to pay for the trumpet damage. Meanwhile, Serena and Louis plan out their life together. The Greening Spring is the finale. Louis and Serena are all set for a wonderful life.  The author uses the literary device onomatopoeia by throwing in the word “Ko-hoh, ko-hoh!” The author was describing how the trumpets sound high above in the air. On page 167, the author uses the literary device rhythm and rhyme. He uses this literary device by putting in the lyrics of a song Serena was singing. The song says “Lul- la- by and good night, with-ros-es-be- dight”. This was in her performance before Louis came and surprised her. The theme of the book took place in chapter five. Louis knows he’s nothing like his siblings, who have a voice. He tries to fit in and become like the regular kids, but he can’t. On page 46, the father swan says “If it’s really true that Louis has no voice, then I shall provide him with a device of some sort, to enable him to make a lot of noise.” He is showing that he cares about his son and will do anything for him. The theme of this book is family is the most important thing because his mother and father are concerned about their children and want to help Louis all that they can. I would give this book four stars because it’s a great book where lessons can be taught and learned and I would recommend it to anyone. One of those lessons is to never give up and to believe in yourself. Louis gave up because he could never find his voice, but in the end he found ways he could find it.
ReaderVT More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, timeless classic. For my new grandson's collection.
mommymlp More than 1 year ago
I love . it is a good story and touches your heart.Louis is so smart!! Awsome book please read.
Ross_Teaford More than 1 year ago
Louis the swan can't honk! That might not seem too much of a problem until one realizes that this is how he and other swans communicate, and certainly how he can win his lady-love. At turns heartwarming and funny, this is has always been one of my favorite children's books. highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am doing a diarama on any book i wanna and i chose the beautiful tale hope 2 get a 100
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EB White is one of my favorite authors,and i love her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this then read Charllots Web if you already havent read it its good to! (Hint hint)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite book since I was little and having just reread it, I remember now exactly why it was a favorite. A must read.
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-Erin- More than 1 year ago
E. B. White writes a great fiction book about a swan, Loius, who learns how to communicate in an interesting way. "The Trumpet of the Swan" is a book about a swan who is born different than all of the other swans. He can't talk! Louis knows he could get into school, if only he could learn to read and write. Sam Beaver, a young boy who learns how to communicate with Loius and later becomes his friend, is destined to help Louis get in. But the teacher, Mrs. Hammerbotham, isn't quite sure about having a swan that plays the trumpet in her class. I really enjoyed this book because it was fun to follow along with Louis' story of how he leanrs to communicate with others. one weakness about this book is that there are many chapters in the book and the words are small so it would be difficult for younger readers. I would recomend "The Trumpet of the Swan" for younger readers because the vocabulary is easy to understand and I think that they would like this book more than an older audience. My overall rating of this book is a four out of five star book. E. B. White has also written some other great and very enjoyable books such as "Charlotte's Web" and "Stewart Little". ~Erin~
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NanSiefert More than 1 year ago
At my granddaughter's urging, and as this book was one I used to read to her when she was a child, she wanted her son to reap the same rewards from the story she did. I can hardly wait to read the story to him. It is a wonderful lesson on perseverance.
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benandboys More than 1 year ago
This was a good book because it followed the swan from birth and told the story from his point of view. The swan thought like a human, which was weird. I read this book in five days. Nine-year-old reviewer.
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