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    DescriptionSwan SongLike 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?

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    The Trumpet of the Swan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) E. B. White, Illustrated by Fred Marcellino
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    ISBN 13: 9780064408677
    ISBN 10: 0064408671

    BIC E4L: FXX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    DC21: 813.52
    BIC subject category V2: YFA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    DC22: FIC
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    Libri: I-CI
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T General Subject: 216
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FRIEND
    Ingram Subject Code: CI
    Ingram Theme: THEO/SECULR
    BISAC V2.8: JUV007000, JUV002040
    ECPA Christian Book Category: YCKCHDCBC
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PZ7.W582655 TR 2000B
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: JUV002000, JUV039060
    Thema V1.0: YFA, YFP, YFM, YXHB
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    29 November 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "We are lucky to have this book."-- John Updike, " The New York Times"
    Review text
    A swan with a speech defect. . . ? But (one may counter) "When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son was born, everyone noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse." So he was, in the first sentence, while Louis the Swan's peculiar problem comes to light slowly in the Canadian wilderness where Sam Beaver and his father are camping, the better to fish (Mr. Beaver) and explore (Sam). He exults in watching wild creatures in wild places - now the two trumpeter swans and their nest, then the fifth cygnet who, unable to beep, takes hold of his shoelace and gives it a pull, "like a greeting." Meanwhile the long-winded father swan, the cob, and his commonsensical wife grow concerned about Louis' handicap (if he can't trumpet how will he attract a mate?) and Louis, at the family's winter base in Montana, determines to "develop myself along other lines": he will seek out Sam and learn to read and write. Which done - in Mrs. Hammerbottom's first grade - he returns with slate and chalk, extends an eager "Hi, there," and draws a blank; nor does Serena, his chosen one, respond to his desperate "I love you." Now the cob, who's considered it, will have to go to Billings and get Louis a trumpet. It is this theft, and the need to make restitution (they are "by nature law-abiding"), that starts Louis on his remarkable career, first, coached by Sam, as Camp Kookooskoos' official trumpeter (and emergency life-saver), then as accompanist for the Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden (where "There's a Small Hotel," the Ritz Carlton), finally as top attraction at a Philadelphia night club. Bird Lake in the Zoo offers temporary refuge, and there Serena blows in (literally), to be awakened with "Beau - ti - ful dream - er. . . " and won forever. At last Louis, a rich bird, can return home; his father, boasting manfully, can redeem the family honor; and the storekeeper, overcompensated, can only wonder. . . while Serena and Louis content themselves with annual sorties to the scenes of his triumphs. The start is a jolt, and subsequently there are breaks (Louis has had no prior exposure to the written word) and some big accidents - especially Serena's abrupt reappearance. However, when Louis raises his trumpet - to serenade the skeptical hotel clerk, for instance - or Mr. White pinions human foibles - "Kookooskoos" because "a boy's camp should have a peculiar name" - reservations have a way of evaporating. (Kirkus Reviews)