The Family Under The Bridge

Paperback | February 15, 1989

byNatalie Savage Carlson

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This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.
But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle unwilling at the start. And it did not take Armand very long to realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than the bridge.

Armand and the children's adventures around Paris -- complete with gypsies and a Santa Claus -- make a story which children will treasure.

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Old Armand lived a simple life. A Parisian hobo, Armand enjoyed his solitary, carefree ways -- until he found that three homeless children and their working mother had claimed his shelter under the bridge. This charming and memorable story teaches Armand, and readers, valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

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This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle unwilling at the start....

Natalie Savage Carlson is fondly remembered as the author of the much-loved Orpheline series and Surprise in the Mountains. Born in Virginia, Ms. Carlson later lived in Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and the Pacific Northwest. She eventually settled in Florida prior to her death.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.26 inPublished:February 15, 1989Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064402509

ISBN - 13:9780064402507

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming I've read this book since I was kid and still read it now around the holidays. It's a cute children's christmas book
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The reason for the season This helps remind young readers what christmas should be about
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Heart Warming Classic The Calcet family is homeless after their father dies and they take up residence under a bridge. Along comes Armand the hobo to find this family in his place. Armand is not particularly fond of children but they soon capture his heart and he finds himself looking after the children and the welfare of the family. The children wish for more than anything that Father Christmas will bring them a house for Christmas and Armand tries hard to keep their spirits up. Trouble comes in a pair of do-gooder women who find the children under the bridge and send for the police to take them to a home for children. Madame Calcet is at work and Armand must get the children to safety before they are taken away. I've read this book several times now and always find it a joy. Garth Williams' illustrations are just as wonderful as ever. It is a beautiful, gentle story with genuine feeling. Sad at times and laugh out loud funny at others, the 8yo was very attached to it and concerned for the Calcet children. When I read the final words, "The End", the 8yo said "Awwww!" Always the sign of a good book when you wish it didn't have to end!
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book about caring This Newberry Honor book about a homeless man in Paris who finds a family is an inspiring story. Armand is well established in taking care of himself but when he finds that he must also look after the Calcet family of three children, he learns the importance of working hard for others. It is a book that is helpful to read to children as it helps explain homelessness as well as what family can mean. I would recommend this book to other teachers and students. It is appropriate for ages 8-12. The vocabulary is difficult for some grade five students.
Date published: 2005-01-06

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From Our Editors

Old Armand lived a simple life. A Parisian hobo, Armand enjoyed his solitary, carefree ways -- until he found that three homeless children and their working mother had claimed his shelter under the bridge. This charming and memorable story teaches Armand, and readers, valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

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"A thoroughly delightful story of humor and sentiment Garth Williams' illustrations are perfect." (School Library Journal)