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The Trumpet of the Swan
The Trumpet of the Swan | E. B. White
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Now available for the first time as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, is a classic of children's literature that perfectly describes what it's like to march to the beat of your own drummer. Louis is a trumpeter swan, but unlike the rest of his family, he can't make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays no attention to him. But when his father steals him a real brass trumpet, Louis has to find out if it's the key to what he's wanted all along. E. B. White's classic book is a tender novel of overcoming the odds and learning to do things on your own terms. It will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains evocative illustrations by Fred Marcellino, the acclaimed illustrator of Puss in Boots and I, Crocodile, among many other books. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
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GatheringBooks
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ErraticElle
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Pickpick

I remember enjoying this one when I was young. This time around, I listened to the audiobook as read by the author. The inclusion of actual trumpeting was a pleasant surprise. The story was endearing & written in true E.B. White style, including natural references, definitions of some of the more challenging words for middle grade readers, and some arithmetic instruction sprinkled in. A fantastic and nostalgic wonder of a reread.

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suvata
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Pickpick

I did a quick read of this book to help my grandson with a book report. I can‘t believe how much I enjoyed it. E.B. White had a way of making animals come to life. I thought it was magical but I can see why it might be a difficult read for a third grader. I believe it‘s important for children to read classic literature even though our language has changed a lot since when the book was written. I think it gives them a sense of history.

Lcsmcat Not just a sense of history, but also the empathy that comes from seeing how common most emotions are, across the world and across the centuries. And, Shakespeare be my witness, good language remains good language. Good for his school to recognize that! 4y
Shley9225 I read this book in grade four and absolutely loved it! One of my favourites that was ever assigned 4y
suvata @Lcsmcat I completely agree with you. 4y
suvata @Shley9225 I enjoyed reading it as a grandmother too. 4y
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AnansiGirl
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📖 The Trumpet of the Swan

🖋 J.R.R. Tolkien

📺 Twin Peaks

🌮 Tacos

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 4y
bookcollecter "Damn Good Coffee" 4y
AnansiGirl @JoScho hope your Monday is going well! 4y
AnansiGirl @bookcollecter and pies so good it‘s a crime. 4y
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Carolhreads
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Pickpick

Such a good story :)

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theokiereader
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Parent/Child Book Club Book Notes are up for “Trumpet of the Swan,” Chapters 11-17! https://novelparents.com/2018/02/03/book-notes-trumpet-of-the-swan-chapters-11-1... #novelparents #kidsbookclub #parentchildbookclub

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theokiereader
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theokiereader
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My daughter asked me if we could have our own book club, so I decided to create a blog where parents and kids could read a book together and discuss it. I just posted our first set of book notes over “Trumpet of the Swan” (her pick). If you want to discuss with us, check out http://www.novelparents.com. I‘m hoping to set up some Buddy Reads on Litsy designed for middle grades soon!! #novelparents #trumpetoftheswan #kidsbookclub

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Elizahope
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Not my favorite, but cute imagination.

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LibrarianRyan
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When ever I think #swan this is the book that immediately comes to mind. #12daysofchristmas

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EveAstrouck
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The trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White and illustrated by Edward Frascino is a MF Novel that would make for an awesome AS or LC. The novel tells the story of Louie a Trumpeter Swan who was born without a voice and desperately searched for ways to communicate so he could live a normal Swan life. ESOL: 5. Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. UDL: 3.1 Activate of supply background knowledge.

ChristinB I love that this story incorporates music! I also looked at your link and I love the idea of mapping the places the main character goes. It will help knock out a couple social studies standards! I love it!❤️ 5y
DrSpalding You did a beautiful job sharing your passion for this particular story in your author study presentation. Well done. 5y
DrSpalding I do not believe this is traditional literature. Go back and look at your flipbook to see what genre this me better fall under. 5y
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Christine
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We are in the middle of a piecemeal short-distance move....despite closing on Monday, this is the only (paper) book in our new house so far (by way of being our current bedtime read-aloud). 🙀 Looking forward to getting the rest of the 📚📚📚 over here soon!!

rachellayown Good luck with the move! 6y
Christine @rachellayown Thank you!! 6y
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JillR
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Pickpick

Finally Bella and I finished! It was a bit of a slog at times but she was enamoured by the swan love story and has been shouting "ko-hoh!" at random intervals the whole time we've been reading. It hasn't replaced Charlotte's Web as her favourite book though, and we both found the old cob annoying: "he goes on a bit" was her verdict ? (picture credit goes to Bella) #raising readers

britt_brooke Great photo, Bella! 📷👏🏻 6y
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saresmoore
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The latest development chez s'moores calls for a big glass of iced twine and possibly a pair of noise cancelling headphones. 😬

LeahBergen Oh no!!!! 😂😂👏🏻 6y
saresmoore @LeahBergen Apparently, she's a natural, but I would much prefer a prodigy. 6y
Suet624 The Trumpet of the Swan. That's great. I was also wondering what you were going to do with the iced twine but I finally figured it out. A cello, while huge, is so much easier for the ears to embrace. 6y
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britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
MicheleinPhilly *sends Pickles south with a barrel of twine strapped to her back* 6y
saresmoore @Suet624 The iced twine (tea wine) will settle the reverberations in my brain (I hope). I will be putting on lots of cello music to encourage her in that direction, or possibly just to drown out her trumpeting! 6y
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I knew I could count on Pickles! 6y
JacqMac My oldest played trumpet. A silencer is a sound investment. 😂 6y
saresmoore @JacqMac Yes! Oh, thank you. 😆 6y
LauraBeth Oh lawd - my baby girl has been playing the viola for like three years - I sympathize! @MicheleinPhilly please make sure Pickles stops in GA on the way to FL! 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth There's gotta be some kind of scholarship or incentive for this, right? It'll be worth it? 6y
LauraBeth The Bose cancelling headphones are 👍👍 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth I'm so on it. 🎧 6y
Hobbinol 😂oh dear! Well don't let me rain on your parade there. I'm sure it's great to be back home! 6y
Cinfhen She looks like a duck takes to water...a REAL natural 6y
saresmoore @Cinfhen Hmm, your duck to water comment makes me wonder if I could convince her to do swimming instead... 😉🤔 6y
Cinfhen 😂😂😂Swimming is an important skill to master 🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️ 6y
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JillR
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Just started this with my hard-to-please youngest one. She has declared Charlotte's Webb her "best book EVER" so I'm hoping she'll let us get to the end of this one! #raisingreaders

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Aseleener
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I read this aloud to my 6 and 9 year old daughters. We all loved it. Lena (pictured) is a total animal-lover and books about animals are her favorite. She brought this book home from her classroom library. It was a cute story; fun to read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #kiddielit T for #LitsyAtoZ

Laura317 Lena's adorable! 6y
Aseleener @Laura317 Thanks! She relished the opportunity to show off her jammies. Quote: "I am totally rockin' these PJs!" ? She's a total goof. 6y
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sarahs
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"The world is full of talkers, but it is rare to find anyone who listens. And I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking." Teacher resource : livinglaughingandloving.com/2013/01/trumpet-of-the-swan-free-printable.html #UCFLAE3414sp17

DrSpalding With your selections, you could do a book pass with his books and have different literature circles reading different titles by the same author. 6y
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KCorter
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"Whether you like him or not, he must be treated with respect."

The boys and I are constantly delighted by the stories of E.B. White. A trip to the library isn't complete without checking out one of his audiobooks (charmingly read by the author himself). Today's excerpt seemed especially timely. I love when a children's author can state an important truth in such a way that even an adult can understand it. :)

#TheWisdomofEBWhite #RaisingReaders

Lmstraubie I listened to this for the 1st time about 2 months ago. I didn't realize it was him until the end. I think you will really enjoy Some Writer ☺ 6y
mcipher I didn't know he read them!! Next road trip. 😊 He is such an amazing author. 6y
KCorter @lmstraubie I think I prefer the audio because his voice makes the stories even more cozy and heartwarming. I actually didn't even know about Some Writer until Litsy! I immediately added it to my TBR. I think I'll pick it up when we finish The Trumpet of the Swan. :) 6y
KCorter @mcipher Listening to Charlotte's Web (and Harry Potter) is our road trip tradition. I think The Trumpet of the Swan will be added to the rotation. :) 6y
Indoheart Love that quote!!! 6y
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brownem
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"The world is full of talkers, but it is rare to find anyone who listens. And I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking." #lifelessons

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KCorter
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"These were the pleasantest days of Sam's life, these days in the woods, far, far from everywhere - no automobiles, no roads, no people, no noise, no school, no homework, no problems, except the problem of getting lost. And of course, the problem of what to be when he grew up. Every boy has that problem."

#TheWisdomofEBWhite

KCorter This is exactly how I felt (and still feel) about camping. There is a kind of magic in isolation. I felt most myself when mundane distractions faded away and I was left with my most basic needs and desires. Maybe it's an introvert thing, but I find time alone necessary to my survival. 6y
EloisaJames I think there are few better sounds that the click of the door as it closes after the last of my (beloved) family members, giving me a day to myself. 6y
KCorter Same here, @EloisaJames. :) 6y
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silentrequiem
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#booktober Day 18: #favoritefriendships
Is there a friendship that compares with that between a spider and a pig? Or between a boy and a swan?

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KVanRead
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Pickpick

#augustphotochallenge #whitespines This was fun! I loved topping it off with T. H. White and E. B. White. And I loved The Trumpet of the Swan (also frequently white) even more than Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. That White sure could write! 😊

Varshitha This is beautiful!! 6y
KVanRead @Varshitha Thanks! 6y
Books_Wine_Repeat Love your collection of Silverstein! 👍 6y
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KVanRead @Books_Wine_Repeat Thanks! My younger daughter is s big fan and thanks to her I am too! 6y
KVanRead @MrBook haha! 6y
shawnmooney Canadian books! :-) 6y
KVanRead @shawnmooney Gotta have some! ❤️🇨🇦📚 6y
Hooked_on_books Great stack! Even the thought of Shel Silverstein makes me a tad sentimental. 😊 6y
KVanRead @Hooked__on__books Me too - I miss reading him aloud with a little one in my lap. 6y
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Heatherine
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Presents for a 6-year-old. 😀

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