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The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey is a heartwarming tale that beautifully captures the power of love, determination, and the indomitable spirit of its characters. The story revolves around a young woman named Louisa May Alcott, a talented musician and composer who is tragically rendered mute due to an illness. Despite her inability to speak, her passion for music remains unyielding.

Louisa's life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters a magnificent trumpeter swan, and through an incredible twist of fate, they form a unique bond. As Louisa's friendship with the swan deepens, she discovers that it possesses a rare ability to mimic human speech. Realizing the immense potential this gift holds for her own voice, she embarks on a journey to train the swan to communicate on her behalf, rekindling her hope for a future intertwined with music.

The narrative expertly weaves together themes of compassion, resilience, and the innate human desire for connection. Bailey's writing style is both elegant and emotive, effortlessly drawing the reader into Louisa's world of silence and solitude. The descriptions of the natural scenery, particularly those involving the swan, are vividly painted, immersing the reader in a symphony of visual imagery.

The characters themselves are well-developed and relatable, each harboring their own struggles and desires. Louisa's determination is awe-inspiring, and her resilience in the face of adversity serves as a poignant reminder of the strength that lies within us all. The bond she shares with the swan is tender and heartwarming, highlighting the transformative power of companionship and unconditional love.

As the story unfolds, the author skillfully explores the broader implications of Louisa's unique friendship. The contrast between her silent existence and her soaring musical compositions serves as a powerful metaphor for the significance of finding one's own voice, both literally and metaphorically. Through this thought-provoking exploration, Bailey invites readers to reflect on their own personal journey towards self-discovery.

The Trumpeter Swan is a captivating and inspirational tale that will resonate with readers of all ages. Bailey's poetic prose and layered storytelling create a truly immersive reading experience. The book gently reminds us of the beauty that can emerge from unlikely friendships and the extraordinary power of the human spirit.

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THE TRUMPETER SWAN

by

TEMPLE BAILEY

Author of The Tin Soldier, Contrary Mary, Mistress Anne, Etc.

Illustrated by Alice Barber Stephens

[Frontispiece: "When I am married will you sound your trumpet high up near the moon?"]

" A sound from the clouds shall call thee from this earth. "

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers Copyright 1920 by The Penn Publishing Company

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. A MAJOR AND TWO MINORS II. STUFFED BIRDS III. A WOLF IN THE FOREST IV. RAIN AND RANDY'S SOUL V. LITTLE SISTER VI. GEORGIE PORGIE VII. MADEMOISELLE MIDAS VIII. ANCESTORS IX. "T. BRANCH" X. A GENTLEMAN'S LIE XI. WANTED A PEDESTAL XII. INDIAN INDIAN XIII. THE WHISTLING SALLY XIV. THE DANCER ON THE MOOR XV. THE TRUMPETER SWAN XVI. THE CONQUEROR

ILLUSTRATIONS

"When I am married will you sound your trumpet high up near the moon?" . . . . . . Frontispiece

"It's so heavenly to have you home."

Becky drew a sharp breath then faced Dalton squarely "I am going to marry Randy."

"Oh, oh,", she whispered, "you don't know how I have wanted you."

THE TRUMPETER SWAN

CHAPTER I

A MAJOR AND TWO MINORS

I

It had rained all night, one of the summer rains that, beginning in a thunder storm in Washington, had continued in a steaming drizzle until morning... Continue reading book >>




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