The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth. The Family Under the Bridge book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of a. The Family Under the Bridge is a seasonal children's novel by Natalie Savage Carlson published in It received a Newbery Honor Award.
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The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about caring for the family and sharing his unusual home under the bridge. The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Wil. The story of a Parisian tramp, Armand, who finds a ready-made family to live with him under the bridge, was a Newbery Honor book when it was first published.
One of the main characters is an old vagabond Armand who loves Paris and wants to do no work. The others are a set of red-headed children who find themselves homeless in winter in the city of lights.
Both are wary of each other but when they do warm up to each other, magic unfolds. The author does not sugar coat the realities or difficulties the children have to face. Fortunately, despite all the obstacles it is a happy tale, one that fills us with hope.
Armand, the hobo, Suzy, Evelyne and Paul, the Calcet children all come alive through his beautiful rendition of them. One morning Armand finds himself face to face with a bunch of 'starlings' as he calls children and their dog Jojo as he hunts for space under the bridge.
Armand has very fixed feelings about children. And he wanted nothing to do with children. They meant homes and responsibility and regular work - and all the things he had turned his back on so long ago.
And he was looking for adventure. The hobo and the starlings come face to face They assess each other and the oldest of the children Suzy realises there are benefits in sharing their space with the old man. They narrate to him how their mother works as a laundress and they fear that if their condition is known they will be put in foster homes and be separated from each other.
The old man and the children get into a symbiotic relationship. Their mother, on the other hand, is not so pleased but when she sees that the children are probably safer in the company of the old hobo, she relents. The old man shares his food with the children When two do-good women find the children under the bridge and decide that they must inform the police and send the children to a Children's Home, the old man starts to seek an alternative home for the children and himself.
The author tugs at our heartstrings when she describes how Armand dissuades them from thinking about or missing the wonderful Christmas delights that are on display at every street corner. No sooner had he coaxed them away from the mechanical toy than they came to a bakery shop.
There was a Christmas log cake in the window -such a delicious log.
ISBN 13: 9780060209919
It was choclatey brown with fancy mushrooms popping from it's sweet bark. Armand takes the children and their mother to live with the gypsies.
However, the gypsies are soon run off as well when one of the gypsies is sought after by the police for cutting down a rare Christmas tree. Homeless again, the children desperately want a home. It is here that Armand finally decides to take a real job instead of being a hobo.
He happens to find a caretaker job where housing is included. In the end, this make-shift family finally has a home.
Written in , this book won the Newbery Honor Award in If you keep this in mind and use it to study the times it was written in, then this is a good book. Also, at one point, Armand uses the children to sing so they can collect money for food.
Also, the mother is racist against the gypsies and looks down upon them the entire book.A wee bit schmaltzy, but still splendid. It takes place during the days around Christmas, so you may want to read it then.
Be prepared for lots of questions from your child. The Family Under the Bridge is a celebration of the City of Light, a celebration of generosity and kindness, and a celebration of family sticking together through tough times. I don't have a problem with it.
We follow them through Christmas all the way up to New Year. They narrate to him how their mother works as a laundress and they fear that if their condition is known they will be put in foster homes and be separated from each other. The Caleets help to make him presentable; he takes a bath and uses the new soap that Madame Caleet gave him for Christmas.
Mentions a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Sara and the story behind how she was sainted. One of the main characters is an old vagabond Armand who loves Paris and wants to do no work.