A Classic For All Ages
Ko- hoh, ko-hoh , ko-hoh!" A thrilling noise in the sky, the trumpeting of swans. When the birds spotted the pound, they began to circle, looking the place over from the air. Then they glided down and came to rest in the water, folding their long wings neatly on the their sides and turning their heads this way and that to study their new surroundings. They were Trumpeter Swans, pure white with black bills. They had liked the looks of the swampy pond and had decided to make it there home for a while and raise a family
In the book the trumpet of the swan we see Louis go thorough the struggle of trying to overcome his disabilities after being set back. He can't talk and so has to look for other ways to communicate. After spending lots of time trying to find a way he realizes that he is just as mute as ever.
When the family greetings were over, Louis seized the chalk in his bill and wrote "Hi, there!" on the slate. He held the slate out eagerly for all to see. The cob stared at it. The mother swan stared at it. The cygnets stared at it. They just stared and stared. Words on a slate meant nothing to them. The couldn't read. None of the members of his family had ever seen a slate before, or a piece of chalk. Louis attempt to great his family was a failureEven after such a great setback Louis keeps persevering and being resilient. He looks for other ways to try to communicate, mainly the trumpet. It is the great disappointed that we see in this excerpt that leads to the hardened soul that I started to see in the rest of the book. The theme being able to overcome challenges comes through very well, in a very powerful way
~ RATING: ***** 5/5