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