By Kayla Aldrich, Read to Them Staff
Hello, all, and happy Monday! We hope you’re enjoying your reading of The Trumpet of the Swan and are ready for week two. As we continue to dive into this classic tale, we’ll be getting more familiar with this cast of characters. While you got an introduction to him at the end of last week, we thought we’d highlight this gentle being for you, here:
Species: Louis is a Trumpeter Swan with a long white neck and a black bill. Unlike the other swans, Louis cannot make a sound, not even a “koh-oh” while flying.
Home: For the majority of his life, Louis lived on a quiet, swampy pond in Canada. Come winter, though, he and his family migrated south to Montana for the Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. It’s considered the best and most peaceful place for a swan to live!
Family: Louis was born with six brothers and sisters. His parents are the Swan and the Cob, who do their best to support Louis, even if the Cob has a rather long-winded way of showing his love.
Friends: After traveling south, Louis seeks out his old friend, Sam Beaver. As a greeting, Louis approaches Sam and unties his shoelaces, something that Sam always receives with fondness. Louis hopes, in finding Sam, that they can go to school together- and they do!
School: While Louis is at school, he struggles to find a way to communicate with those around him. Fortunately, he learns to write using chalk and a whiteboard. This enables Louis to talk to humans. Hopefully, he’ll be able to use these skills to communicate with his fellow swans, too!
Personality: He’s a little timid, but he’s eager to learn. Louis, due to his speech defect, has a lot of internalized stuff to work through— for all his kindness, he does struggle to see the best in himself, but he’s got plenty of time to see just how brilliant he really is.
Notable Quote: “Besides, my life is a catastrophe. It’s a catastrophe to be without a voice.”
Ah, Louis! We can’t wait to see how your story unfolds from here. In the meantime, if you’re reading along with us or taking part in our live activities, be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We at Read to Them hope you’re enjoying the read, but until we meet again, all— be well, be kind, and happy reading.