The Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White


E. B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1899 and was graduated from Cornell University in 1921. After five or six years of trying many sorts of jobs, he joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine. The connection proved a happy one and resulted in a steady output of satirical sketches, poems, essays, and editorials. His essays also appeared in Harper’s Magazine.

Mr White is the author of thirteen books of prose and poetry. His two previous children’s books, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, are modern classics, for which he has been given the 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

The book in one sentence: Louis the Trumpeter Swan is born without a voice, but leads an extraordinary life despite his disability.

Who would you recommend it to: Well, if you’ve read the other two E. B. White children’s book, you might as well read this and complete the set.

OK bits: Nothing I particularly like in this book.

Boring bits: I found Louis’s father very annoying and pompous.

Verdict: I just didn’t enjoy this book. It was all too goody-two-shoes for me; there wasn’t a real bad guy in the book!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. aloi
    May 26, 2008 @ 21:02:08

    akk, my daughter wants to read this … but after reading stuart little and charlotte’s web, i hope she doesnt get disappointed!

    nylusmilk: it’s okay, i think bad books make us appreciate good books all the better! 🙂 and he only wrote 3 children books, so she might have well complete her e. b. white repertoire, so to speak. 😛 besides, she might enjoy this, who knows? but this is definitely no charlotte’s web!


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