The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (1958)

family.jpgMy husband, son and I just returned from a trip to Paris, so The Family Under the Bridge seems like a natural book choice right now.  But you don’t have to have EVER visited Paris to love this story — but it doesn’t hurt 🙂

Armand is a tramp living in Paris under a bridge along the Seine.  He is happy with his carefree life and often delights in not having to pay rent or store and clean extra clothing — since he wears his every scrap of clothing he owns.  Armand especially dislikes children, whom he views as noisy and a nuisance.

But one cold, December day, he returns “home” to find three young children hiding under his canvas tent!  Their father has recently died and their mother can no longer afford the rent on their small apartment.  They too need a free place to live.

Little by little this sweet family finds a place in Armand’s heart and he begins looking for a way to help them — hopefully in time for Christmas!

The Family Under the Bridge is a Newbery Honor Book and a favorite for many, many readers — both young and old!

Advanced Early Grade Reading level (illustrations sprinkled throughout the text), 128 pages, Newbery Honor Book, Published in 1958.  

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