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The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson November 10, 2007

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Fiction,Newbery Medal,Preteen Fiction — Julie @ 10:12 am

the-family-under-the-bridge.jpgThe Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

Genre: Preteen Fiction

Published in 1958

Recommended Age Group: 7 and Up

Summary: The Family Under the Bridge begins with Armand a hobo making his way through Paris. He is convinced that something wonderful is going to happen and it makes him happy. He even finds a scrap of holly to adorn his coat to make him look handsome. He meets a gypsy on his walk and she tells him that he is in for adventure and to be careful or someone will see his heart and what a kind man he is and that is just what happens. Armand has a bridge that he usually sleeps under and when he arrives he finds three children have made it their new home. Their mother is out working but since their father died they don’t have enough money to rent a place. Armand cares for them during the day and helps them stay happy in spite of the sad circumstances. He takes them to see Father Christmas (the Santa Clause of France) and they ask him for a house. One day two women pass by and notice the children alone and say that they are going to get someone to help them. The children are scared because they don’t want to be taken away from their mother but Armand takes them to a gypsy camp where they are given good food and a warm place to sleep. Armand, though resistant, welcomes them into his heart and in the end gets a job, becomes part of the family, and most of all finds them a house.

Personal Notes: This Newbery Honor book was a quick and enjoyable read! It reminded me of Miracle on 34th Street but a book. It has a lot of subtle lessons about pride but the most important lesson is about kindness. A perfect book for the holiday season and interesting enough to hold anyone’s interest.


47 Responses to “The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    that’s a book so good and I really like it

  2. Vicki Says:

    Great summary! Keep up the good work.

  3. anonymous Says:

    i have read the book nice summary though.

  4. Laura Says:

    Great Summary! luv it, it helps a lot 🙂

  5. g.s Says:

    hey the book is great i can wait to read onother one

  6. Nico Says:

    thnx this helps for my book report

  7. Suzanna Says:

    I read this book in school. Its really good. How old are you guys cause i just want to see the range. Im 12

  8. Ashleigh Says:

    i liked it, but im not soo sure it diserved the newberry honor.

  9. Bay Says:

    Im reading it right now. Love this book!

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  11. Christine Says:


  12. We are third graders and we read this book in our group. We loved it! We had fun reading it. We are glad that Armand got a home in the end.

    “I think it would be a nice children’s book” – MW

    “I think it should win another award.” – JM

    “Why did the story take place in Paris?” -MM

  13. Kaddie Says:

    Not too shabby. It wasn’t the best book but it was good.

    I needed the summary for a book report.

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  16. madeline Says:

    i like the story because it makes me feel sad

  17. Anonymous Says:

    suchhhhhhhh a goooooooooooooooooooooood booooooooooooooooook

  18. Megan Says:

    I read half of the book and i decided to look up on the compter and there it was . it helped alot

  19. Anonymous Says:

    OMG Thank You so much! I read this book a while back and couldn’t remember what had happened. Now I want to read it again! *giggles* 🙂

  20. ancy Says:

    yo this helped me refresh my memory of this book thnks who ever did this!!

  21. jc Says:

    what the conflict,climax,reaction and moral lesson of the story family under the bridge by natalie savage carlson

  22. mr.e Says:

    nice…. even though i dont like this book, it helped me at my project… hehe…..

  23. anissa Says:

    its so great since i am reading it right before chirstmas

  24. Andrea Says:


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  26. redman Says:

    the book stinks

  27. nice work keep up the good work!

  28. kash Says:

    nice summry

  29. Jo Jo Says:

    I need this for a paper not a book report but we have papers that wwe have to do bc we are reading this book in literature. I like it but i have read wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better.

  30. Em Says:

    love this book! perfect for 3rd graders!

  31. Anonymous Says:

    Nice! I like your last sentence!! I read the book, and you told all the important stuff 😀

  32. Anonymous Says:

    really awesome book read it for my book report

  33. destiny Says:

    it does help wen u need it

  34. val Says:

    great book! nice and well written summary.

  35. Rodo Says:

    This book is a very emotional and toching book i think i almost found my self crying.

  36. Katrina Says:

    you should put the settings.I know that it ses Paris there but the information isnt enough so change it

    • Julie Says:

      The point of the website is not to do your homework for you. Seriously this book is tiny and a fast read. READ THE BOOK! You may actually find yourself enjoying it. Miracles do happen. Otherwise you may just get the grade you deserve not the grade that I deserve for you. I’m college educated and I’m sure I can get an A on your paper, that’s not the point. Thanks for your comment and come again soon, to find something else to actually read that is.

  37. CJSimmons Says:

    I love it, a great book.

    Rated 5stars

  38. Anonymous Says:

    wow such a great book it made me feel like i want to be a hobo now

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