The Trumpet of the Swan, by EB White
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?
My Thoughts: Recently, a school told me that they chose Where the Mountain Meets the Moon as their One Book, One School choice. They were particularly pleased with it because it was one of the few books they had chosen that they felt confident that all ages, from K-5, could really enjoy. "The only other book we felt that way about was 'The Trumpet of the Swan,'" the librarian told me. I found that to be extremely high praise!!