The Family Under the Bridge
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 did not take Armand very long
For the good, it was a sweet little story of a man changing his heart because of some children he met. I enjoyed the characters. While there wasn't a lot of time spent on their development, they were lovable and you wanted so badly for their lives to get better. It was nice to see how they stuck together and tried to stay together and keep cheerful even during the hardest of t...more
Genre – Historical Fiction
This heartening story tells the tale of a homeless old man named Armand who lives alone on the streets of Paris and is not ashamed to be termed a hobo or a tramp. His life is unexpectedly changed when children enter his life. For the first time ever he starts to feel a connection to someone and a bond that soon causes him to realize that he belongs with this family. A bond that is so strong it will ultimately cha...more
The story begins with a hobo who does not like children. He returns home to his spot under a Paris bridge to find three children and their mother living there. It is a gentle book, but the theme is homelessness, which is always a difficult subject. Be prepared for lots of questions from your child.
It takes place during the days around Christmas, so you may want to read it then. HOWEVER...more
This is a story of some wonderful little French children who are hard on their luck and "living rough" when they encounter a bum who trys to be grumpy and unloving but falls in love with the little family. We follow them through Christmas all the way up to New Year.
The story is not an overly bleak look at homelessness (it is for children after all), and is no...more
I learned that some people dont relize thast homeless people are happy like the way they are. And some people dont want homeless people in the world or walking around Paris.
Summary: This story is about a family who became homeless because the mother couldn’t pay the bills. They ended up going under a bridge where they met an older man who was already living there. The older man ended up becoming an important person in the family’s life.
a. This story was very descriptive and the author did a good job at getting the readers to be able to put themselves in the stor...more
I loved that the children were joyful and hopeful despite their desperate living conditions. And I loved the way that people gave from their hearts. I was a bit troubled that the mother was so prideful and seemed to be determine...more
"'To think we have fallen so low,' wept the woman. 'My children at home with gypsies.'
'What is wrong with gypsies?' asked Arman. 'Why do you think you are better? Are you kinder? Are you more generous?'
'I'm honest.' murmured the woman through her scarf.'
'What good does it do to be honest if you aren't kind and generous?' he asked. Then in a softer tone he said, 'You may think them thieves and wanderers, madame, but they are workers, too. ...
'They are thieves,' persist...more
I hated this book. It had elements of potential to be amusing, but failed due to very shabby writing. I had hoped to enjoy it, but it was just too thread bare and shallow for my taste.
The story winds through the streets of Paris marking some familiar places for the young reader. Interwoven throughout are tales of gypsies and Christmas.
The feel good ending is perhaps predictable,...more
Her first story was published in the Baltimore Sunday Sun when she was eight years old.
Her first book, The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada (where her mother was born), was published in 1952....more