The Family Under the Bridge Author:Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator) 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 ... more »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.
My children loved this book! It made them think about a different way of life than ours. A very poignant look at what being homeless might be like. We imagined ourselves in their shoes, and we grew to love the main character - an old homeless man who imagines himself to be just fine without any family. But he is transformed and the ending is wonderful!
There was once an old man named Armand who lived under a bridge in Paris. The children who lived under the bridge knew a true friend when they saw one, even if he was a little grumpy to begin with. Has Armand found himself a ready-made family?