The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage CarlsonThe Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Family Under The Bridge

byNatalie Savage Carlson

Paperback | April 12, 1996

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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.

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.
Title:The Family Under The BridgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.26 inPublished:April 12, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064402509

ISBN - 13:9780064402507

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from gives you goose bumps it's a really heart warming book, i read it millions of times as a child. i would usually read it when i would go on holiday. car reading. i would say this is perfect for a child in grade 4-5
Date published: 2018-07-18
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

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.

Editorial Reviews

“A thoroughly delightful story of humor and sentiment. Garth Williams’ illustrations are perfect.”