The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B White

A couple of years ago, the only book I would ever talk about was The Trumpet of the Swan.  Although I don’t love it as much now, it is still one of my earliest memories of reading.

It is the story of a young swan, Louis, who has no voice. When Louis falls in love with another swan, Serena, he cannot declare his love. Louis’s father steals a trumpet from a local music shop to help him. Louis then seeks the help of a young nature watcher named Sam in order to pay off his father’s 

This story portrays emotion and determination on Louis’s part and devotion on his father’s. Sam is passionate about animals and is only too pleased when Louis requests help from him. It is a moving book and has a happy ending which suits its age category. I think this book is aimed at children aged 8 but my Mum enjoyed it too when we read it together.

Personally, I am a fan of animal stories, but even if that’s not your favourite genre then you should still give this book a try. The main protagonist may be an animal, but I’d say that second in line would be Sam, who is a human. The book also demonstrates that animals and humans can be friends.

The Trumpet of the Swan is filled with emotion right from the word go. Love. Envy. Fear. Sadness. Determination. Grit. Friendship. This book has it all. It’s like a rollercoaster, dipping and diving, twisting and turning, and it will take you on a journey you’ll never forget.

FictionFan1 Rating: 9.5/10

If you liked this author you might like: Holly Webb, Rebecca Stead

About the author: E.B White is commonly known as the author of the popular children’s book, Charlotte’s Web, which tells the story of a pig and a spider’s friendship. I particularly enjoy books that are by renowned authors but which are not their most famous works.

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