I read aloud this classic book by EB White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, to my kids ages 6, 8 and 9. All four of us truly enjoyed this book. As I read the first two chapters I thought we might have a hard time getting into this one, but we stuck it out and by chapter 3 we were hooked and the kids always asked me to read just one more chapter when I said I was done. The book tells the story of a baby cygnet trumpeter swan named Louis who was born without a voice. I don't want to give it away, but will say that the swan does learn to communicate with the assistance of his swan dad and a little boy named Sam Beaver. After Louis finds his voice he goes on some adventures. It is a sweet little story and I would highly recommend it to families to read together or a child in later elementary to read independently.