⚡ The Family Under the Bridge Books ✪ Author Natalie Savage Carlson – Healing-oil.info

The Family Under the Bridge I think I read this a while back but it wasn t memorable I think. A truly heartwarming story for all ages I fell in love the aged hobo who was content in life just being in his version of freedom, the adorable dog who should have been white but wasn t, Jo Jo, the small children with their cute questions and wonders Suzy who wanted school, Paul who would have been just as happy never going back The book has different turns and events in the decently sized children s story from different homes to different discoveries Some nudges of coy humor slip in like A truly heartwarming story for all ages I fell in love the aged hobo who was content in life just being in his version of freedom, the adorable dog who should have been white but wasn t, Jo Jo, the small children with their cute questions and wonders Suzy who wanted school, Paul who would have been just as happy never going back The book has different turns and events in the decently sized children s story from different homes to different discoveries Some nudges of coy humor slip in like with the tree , or the food that fell into the cart and the fortune at the end is gained not through just luck but coming together Definitely a beautiful Christmas story it may not be a direct Christmas story, but it happens at Christmas New Year time so it s going in the books as that for me His prayer was touching as he said he s forgotten how to pray, but not beg.Armand starts the book by saying he avoids children because he worries about emotional involvement and at the end it s not just the characters heartstrings that were tugged by the children, but mine too.As a bonus, detailed pencil drawings decorated the book, adding a lot to the story 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 ThemBut 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 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 BridgeArmand And The Children S Adventures Around Paris Complete With Gypsies And A Santa Claus Make A Story Which Children Will Treasure Monsieur Armand is a homeless person living in Paris, sleeping under bridges and I think the book suggests, is happy with his lot He then meets a widow and her children The children soon become attached to Monsieur Armand and call him Grandfather The story tells of the hardships of living on the street but the kindnesses encountered too We liked the part where they lived with the gypsies and the christmas eve party.This was a lovely story but I don t know why the author continually refered t Monsieur Armand is a homeless person living in Paris, sleeping under bridges and I think the book suggests, is happy with his lot He then meets a widow and her children The children soon become attached to Monsieur Armand and call him Grandfather The story tells of the hardships of living on the street but the kindnesses encountered too We liked the part where they lived with the gypsies and the christmas eve party.This was a lovely story but I don t know why the author continually refered to Monsieur Armand as the hobo or the tramp, I changed this and used his name and explained how the book was written in times when this seemed okay There were also references to homeless people not washing and being too lazy to work.The overall story was very nice, and sympathetic to the people that it represented There was some beautiful artwork, I suspect, like the cover they were originally watercolour but all illustrations inside are now black and white A very short and sweet book about a homeless man in Paris, his friends the gypsies, and his new friends, a fatherless family evicted from their apartment I read it a couple of times as a child, and was delighted to find it an even better read as an adult A wee bit schmaltzy, but still splendid Read it aloud with your family at Christmas It may not focus on Christmas per se, but it is about love, and it does take place in late December. Now I both appreciate and actively love the in Natalie Savage Carlson s Newbery Honour winning The Family Under the Bridge generally positive and uncritical, non judgmental depiction of French homelessness and that Armand is narrationally presented by the author asthan happy and content with his chosen lifestyle and that he is thus also not to be considered as an inherently problematic at best individual simply because he lives outside and deliberately chooses to do so although I personal Now I both appreciate and actively love the in Natalie Savage Carlson s Newbery Honour winning The Family Under the Bridge generally positive and uncritical, non judgmental depiction of French homelessness and that Armand is narrationally presented by the author asthan happy and content with his chosen lifestyle and that he is thus also not to be considered as an inherently problematic at best individual simply because he lives outside and deliberately chooses to do so although I personally would much prefer for Natalie Savage Carlson to call Armand using the French term clochard, as that is a much less imbued with automatic negativity and criticism moniker than the English language terms hobo or tramp tend to be And yes indeed, evenpersonally appreciated is that in The Family Under the Bridge, Armand s Gypsy friends are also not automatically considered and approached by the author as possible, as probable nasty thieves and criminals and that in fact, it is faroften Madame Calcet who faces the most and in my opinion deserved authorial criticism, who is negatively portrayed when she at first would rather her children remain alone and cold under a bridge, friendless and without support than having Armand and later the Gypsies act and function as the children s protectors and helpers and as such, I also have to admit that I do personally rather vehemently despise those readers, those reviewers who only see and consider Armand as a homeless and lazy good for nothing, when on every page of The Family Under the Bridge, Armand is always and glowingly shown as a true gentleman in every way, with a heart of pure gold But indeed, the only reason why my rating for The Family Under the Bridge is four and not five stars, is that in fact I personally do not all that much like and accept how at the very end of the novel, Natalie Savage Carlson just has to turn Armand from a clochard into a working man with a home, as personally, I for one would prefer for Armand to be able to keep his outside existence on the streets of Paris, even after he has found a home and a job from home for Madame Calcet and her children for sorry, but the ending of The Family Under the Bridge has just felt a wee bit too Protestant work ethic to and for me and kind of even to a certain extent seems to somewhat negate and denigrate the positive depiction of French clochards that is part and parcel to The Family Under the Bridge for most of the author s featured and presented textual storyline I read this last night in a little under an hour, so it s a short read I really liked parts of it, but others bothered 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 I read this last night in a little under an hour, so it s a short read I really liked parts of it, but others bothered 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 times.What I didn t like There was an instance of stealing which was portrayed as well, we re starving so it s okay to steal The reason this bothered me so much was because the man COULD work, he just chose not to Even if he didn t want a steady job at the time he could have worked for a day and earned enough money for a few day s worth of food There were also a few times where lying was shown as appropriate I could take the time to discuss these moral issues with my children, but overall, while it was a nice little story, it didn t wow and I think we could miss this without feeling like we d skipped an important book I absolutely loved this story of how a homeless family in France finds a home Charming Hard work, determination, the support of others, and maybe just a bit of luck on your side can really turn things around Those should have been the lessons learned from reading this but that s not the message I was picking up I must be missing something, I don t understand the appeal and the numerous great reviews Underwhelming even for this softhearted reader 1 1 2 stars. Ordered this last year from the kids book order, because it was a a Christmas book I ve never heard of, and b a Newbery Honor book I had never heard of Then I ended up not reading it aloud to the kids as I had intended, because I saw some reviews saying that it would be upsetting for kids who believe in Santa Claus This year I thought I d better read it first, since my daughter just turned 8 wanted to read it Hm I guess those reviews about it ruining Santa are from people who expected S Ordered this last year from the kids book order, because it was a a Christmas book I ve never heard of, and b a Newbery Honor book I had never heard of Then I ended up not reading it aloud to the kids as I had intended, because I saw some reviews saying that it would be upsetting for kids who believe in Santa Claus This year I thought I d better read it first, since my daughter just turned 8 wanted to read it Hm I guess those reviews about it ruining Santa are from people who expected Santa Claus to swoop down and rescue the family I dunno I don t have a problem with it Armand, the crotchety homeless man who takes three children and their mother, newly homeless, under his wing, takes the children to see the Father Christmas at a store It s obvious that the man is just hired to play Father Christmas, he is in fact a good friend of Armand s I think any kids old enough to read this book, or follow along as its read to them, don t have trouble with mall Santas being hired to play the part The children in the book ask him for a house, which he explains he cannot bring them, because he can t carry it Also fine But that aside, it s a sweet little story It reminds me of many of the old fashioned books of yore, when you can have your POV character in a children s book be an older man, and when such matters as not enough money, and not wanting to go to an orphanage, were dealt with in simple and matter of fact terms The book has a happy ending The children are never in real peril When they are hungry, they find a scrappy way to get some money and buy food, ditto when they are cold It reminds me, in fact, of a mix of The Boxcar Children and just a smidge of Miracle on 34th Street, though the miracles are definitely manmade here

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