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
The Trumpet of the Swan is a book by E. B. White. It is a classical children's book that was released in 1970. The book is told by a narrator. The book is about a swan named Louis who is mute. His father steals a trumpet for him so he can have a voice. Most of the book revolves around Louis trying to earn back the money that he owes the store keeper of the music shop. A theme that runs through the book is one of determination to overcome obstacles.
The book tells the story of a trumpeter swan named Louis. Louis is born mute, and is immediately put at a disadvantage. Not only do swans use there voices to communicate, but their song is used to woo the ones they love into marrying them. Knowing that Louis' life could be seriously set back by his disability his father steals a trumpet and gives it to Louis so he can have a voice. Louis is now in debt for the trumpet and the story follows his journey to get out of debt and gain his loves attention.
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
The Trumpet of the Swan had a very real feel to it. I felt as though I was taking part in something very special. That special the no was a journey for someone overcoming their challenges. Thinking back now it seems strange that I felt so strongly invested in this struggle because it was about a swan learning to play the trumpet. Even though that idea may seem childish I think that the fact that I felt that way shows what a great book The Trumpet of the Swan is. E. B. White chose children's books as a way to notify people of very important ideas. I felt as though this was a very smart move. By teaching children to be resilient, strong, never give up, and never count anyone out, you ensure that they will carry these traits for the rest of their lives. I think that E. B. White is a master at getting points across in subtle ways. His writing made me feel joyful, sad, worried and many more emotions. The Trumpet of the Swan drilled into me the lessons that I have been learning my whole life in a couple hundred pages.
I recommend this book to all ages. It is a fun story for children, and a thought provoking one for adults. The quality is rivaled by few other books. The Trumpet of the Swan is sure to delight you from the moment you pick it up to the time you put it down.
~ RATING: ***** 5/5
~ RATING: ***** 5/5