[Originally published in Ready Readers: Elementary Literature, Vol. 1]
When Louis, the mute swan, receives a stolen trumpet from his father, he uses it to communicate with the other swans. The ignominy of the theft haunts his conscience, however, and Louis determines to repay the music store owner in live performances. E.B. White's whimsical tale of remuneration and personal responsibility continues to delight elementary readers as it has since its publication in 1970.