Children's Book of the Week: The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

You’ve read Stuart Little and of course Charlotte’s Web, but why is The Trumpet of the Swan not as well known? I didn’t read it until Henry was 3, and after that only because Beth urged me to. She said it was her favorite of the three books, and I completely agree. I think because of the title I thought it was going to be some sentimental book about swans. I didn’t realize it was about a swan and an actual trumpet. It’s the story of Louis, a trumpeter swan born without a voice, and his friendship with a boy, and how Louis gets a trumpet and learns to play, and learns to play really well. It’s charming and sweet and very funny (especially Louis’ egotistical father). If you’ve read the other E.B. White books but have overlooked this one, get it and read it at bedtime. You won’t be disappointed. We also have the CDs with E.B. White reading the book himself, and we love those too.

Comments (4)

  1. Sarah October 14, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I haven’t done chapter books yet past the Little Bear series. Can Henry pay attention to these books? I was holding off till 6 for these kind of books but maybe I am underestimating Jaya.
    Can’t wait for Charlottes Web. Greetings and Salutations!

  2. admin October 14, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    We’ve been reading chapter books to Henry for a long time now. Since he was 2-and-a-half, maybe? Jaya is definitely ready. Eli will sit for most of them (all except Peter Pan, which, honestly, no one but Henry liked). We love all the Beverly Cleary books, too. Get out of Little Bear and into something more interesting (and that doesn’t require you to say the words “Little Bear” six million times in a 20-minute period).

  3. Beth October 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Julie, I’m glad you and Henry liked it! There’s an animated feature, too, but it blows. (no pun intended.)
    I do love Charlotte’s Web, though. It’s probably a toss-up between the two. (I read Charlotte’s Web to Alessandro and he loves it.)
    Some pig!

  4. admin October 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    We’re reading “Charlotte’s Web” for the 400th time right now. I love them all, really, but Trumpet of the Swan is definitely my favorite.

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