The Family Under The Bridge

Paperback | February 15, 1989

byNatalie Savage Carlson

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The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Williams.

Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefree life.

Then one day just before Christmas, a struggling mother and her three children walked into his life. Though he tried to ignore their troubles, Armand soon found himself caring for the family and sharing his unusual home under the bridge with them. 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.

Children will treasure this warm and funny adventure of family, freedom, and Santa Claus. The book includes illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

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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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The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Williams. Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefr...

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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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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)