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The Family Under the Bridge: A Newbery Honor Award Winner Paperback – November 12, 2019
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The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Williams. This classic middle grade novel is a welcome and meaningful read, especially at Christmastime.
Armand, an old man living on the streets of Paris, relishes his solitary life in the beautiful city. He is happy with his carefree existence, begging and doing odd jobs to keep himself warm and fed. With simple pleasures and no cares, what more could he need?
Then one day just before Christmas, Armand returns to his favorite spot beneath the bridge to find three cold and hungry children. Although he has no interest in children, Armand soon finds himself caring for the small family. It does not take Armand very long to realize that he must do whatever it takes to get them a real home.
Children will treasure this warm and funny adventure of family, freedom, and Santa Claus. The book includes illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series.
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“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
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reissue edition (November 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0064402509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0064402507
- Reading age : 7 - 11 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 680L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.26 x 7.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is a short children's novel that can be read in about an hour or two. As with most children's books, everything works itself out at the end. I thought the mother leaving her children to live under a bridge, and for the whole entire day while she was gone at work, was really selfish of her. She'd rather her children starve and freeze than to have them taken from her... and she rather they not go to school at all for fear of the teachers finding out about them being homeless. On top of all that, she rather sleep outside on concrete and be homeless than with the gypsies... I mean, she could be proud and die; but to make her children suffer for her proudness. No, I can't relate to the mother. A mother that loves her children would rather they be in a shelter than homeless under a bridge; I mean, even in the Bible the biological mother would rather give up her son than have him cut in half, right? Also, in the book she talks about a sister-in-law... she has a sister-in-law and she's still out on the streets, under a bridge?! I feel like the author didn't think the plot out too much; I didn't expect much from a children's book... but how is this given an honorary award but a book like The Little Prince isn't?!