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Family Under the Bridge

by Natalie Savage Carlson |  Grades: 4-7  |  Ages: 8-12   |  Lexile Level: 680

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

An old tramp, adopted by three fatherless children when their mother hides them under a bridge on the Seine, finds a home for mother and children and a job for himself.

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. 


"Told with warmth and humor. A charming and memorable story."? --ALA Booklist

"A thoroughly delightful story of humor and sentiment Garth Williams' illustrations are perfect." -- School Library Journal


Newbery Medal | Honor Book | Children's | 1959 

A Biographical Note About Natalie Savage Carlson

Natalie Savage Carlson (1906-1997 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. 

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