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The Trumpet of the Swan (full color) Paperback – October 2, 2001
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For over 30 years, E.B. White's masterpiece has captured the fancy of countless readers. Now, with stunning new art by award-winning illustrator Fred Marcellino, the beloved story can be experienced anew. The sepia-colored drawings lend an old-fashioned charm to the story--it's almost as if, with their complementary dry wit and uniquely creative talents, White and Marcellino originally worked together. Marcellino received the Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Kids and adults will love this classic by E.B White and it makes a great addition to your collection. "The Trumpet of the Swan" has my highest recommendation because it teaches as it entertains.
Louis is born without a voice. He is a Trumpeter Swan and he must have a voice otherwise he won't be able to mate someday. He went to school with his friend, Sam Beaver, and learned to read and write. But that didn't help because none of the other swans knew how to read and write. So his father decided to steal a trumpet for Louis so Louis can "talk." And the adventures for Louis begin as he works all across the USA to pay for the stolen trumpet and the damages to the store. Along the way, Louis finds his true love again and they get married.
It's a wonderful story about courage, honesty and bravery. Louis braved strange places and made himself a living to earn money to pay back his father's debts. It's a deeply imaginative story as well ~~ you can almost see the mist rising off the small pond in Canada in the early sunrise.
No matter how old you are, you are never too old to read this rich story. It's written for everyone who has an imagination. It's a must-read for serious readers ~~ it stays with you for a life-time!
TOTS is told from a number of different perspectives. It starts off from the perspective of Sam Beaver, a young boy from Montana on vacation with his father in the Canadian Wilderness. Sam is an introspective young man. He likes to explore and think by himself, he worries about his future, and he keeps a journal where he asks himself questions to ponder every night before he goes to sleep. My 8-year-old Noah was quite taken with that idea and I am getting a journal book of his own to write down his thoughts and make little pictures to keep. Sam is also brave and patient. His patience pays off when one day the Mother Swan and her Cob allow their new cygnets to meet him. And that is how Sam meets Lois, the little swan without a voice. In a very tender moment little Lois, who has no voice, pulls Sam's shoe lace as a way to say hello. The imagination of my young sons were so inspired with what it would take to have a wild bird like Lois come that close to them. We can't even get the stray cats in our neighborhood to stand still long enough for a pat on the head!!
The Cob and his wife have come to Canada for the purpose of raising a family. The first couple of chapters are dedicated to the challenges of building a nest and hatching the young cygnets. This is my favorite part of the book! The cob, is a master orator! He never says in anything in 5 words when 50 will do much better! He is arrogant, verbose, flamboyant and charming. He cracked us all up more than once!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book, liked the length, the adventure, and the parts about Boston and Philadelphia. Sam Beaver wss a good character, as ws Louiss and the old Cob, his father.Published 18 hours ago by Jed and Dad
Required reading for my soon-to-be 4th grade granddaughter ... she enjoyed it very much.Published 15 days ago by Sandra T.
I read The Trumpet of the Swan for my first book report. I was in the 2nd grade. It was a challenge for me to read, but I was able to understand the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ScotFlower
A little predictable, and no less unbelievable than "Stuart Little"; a great read for tweens and lower.Published 2 months ago by WILLIAM E REID
As a child I got this in a box set with Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. I read those two first and loved them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by adamsasso
A beautiful story, one that you will love to read with your kids and grandchildren.Published 2 months ago by Deb Minix
This book is not just for young adults. I have given the book to adults as the message is universal. Love this story!Published 3 months ago by Janet Lofsky