White – Trumpet of the swan




Personal Author:

White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985.


The trumpet of the swan [by] E. B. White. Pictures by Edward Frascino.

Publication info:

New York : Harper Trophy Book, c1970.

Physical description:

210 p. : ill.


Louis is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however, promised to help.

Sam Beaver, a boy who loved all wild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write. This was a help, but it did not solve his major problem: he was in love with the beautiful swan, Serena, and she spurned him because he was defective. And that was when Louis’s father, the old cob, did a difficult thing – he put honor aside and stole a trumpet so his son would be able to woo his love.

Louis’s determination to become a trumpeter and pay off his father’s debt takes him far from the wilderness he loves. But he succeeds and wins the swan of his desiring.

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

Subject term:

Trumpeter swan–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Swans–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Fantasy—Juvenile fiction.




animals, birds, children, children’s, fantasy, juvenile fiction, kids, music, swans, young adult


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