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?
Friday, March 5, 2010
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White, is the book that made Mini-me fall in love with books. It's not that he didn't like to read before then; he loved to have me crawl into bed with him and read as many books as I was willing to read. When he was in first grade, we bought a booked set of E. B. White books. I started with Charlotte's Web, then moved on to Stuart Little but put The Trumpet of the Swan off because it was the only one I hadn't read. Frankly, I didn't know anyone who had read it. But Mini-me was hooked almost from the start. When we were almost finished, he asked me not to read it one night. Confused, because he was enjoying it so much, I asked him why. "Because I don't want it to end," he told me. When we did finish it, he was so quiet and sad. "Can we start it again?" he asked. And that's when I knew I had a reader on my hands. Not just a kid that would read. But a kid that would love to read. A true mini-me!