The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

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The delightful classic by E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, about overcoming obstacles and the joy of music. 

Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?

"We, and our children, are lucky to have this book." —John Updike

The Trumpet of the Swan joins E. B. White favorites Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little as classic illustrated novels that continue to speak to today's readers. Whether you curl up with your young reader to share these books or hand them off for independent reading, you are helping to create what are likely to be all-time favorite reading memories.

New York Times Outstanding Book

Library of Congress Children’s Books

Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana)

William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Sequoyah Children's Book Award (Oklahoma)

E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's WebStuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.

Target Age: 8-11


272 pages


paperback Pub Date: September 01, 2020

0.59" H x 7.66" L x 5.22" W


hardcover Pub Date: October 03, 2000

1.1" H x 8.1" L x 5.7" W