Saturday, March 3, 2018

"The Family Under the Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson

My friend Jennifer sent my son this book last year.  He read it, and I wanted to read it, but I was busy with other books and just kept putting it off.  Well, the whole reason that I joined the OldSchool KidLit Reading Challenge was to motivate me to read the classic kids' books like this that I keep pushing aside, so yay!  That plan worked!  I have now read this.

It's a sweet, mellow story of an old homeless man in Paris who is aggressively happy with being homeless and alone.  Three children befriend him against his will, and their kindness toward him thaws out his curmudgeonly heart.

The illustrations by Garth Williams are just as wonderful as you would expect from him -- I especially love the way he drew the gypsies who figure into the story later on.

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It:  G.  Clean and sweet.


This is my third book read and reviewed for the Mount TBR Challenge 2018 and my second for the OldSchool KidLit Reading Challenge 2018.


6 comments:

  1. I loved this book! One of my favourites!

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    1. Cleopatra, I'm really surprised I had never encountered it before. I would have loved it as a kid.

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  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this. She also wrote a couple of other books about a home for "orphelines" that I think your girls would enjoy since it was an all-girl orphanage in Paris.

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    1. Jennifer, neat! I'll have to see if I can find those. Thanks again for sending us this!

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  3. The Family Under the Bridge! It's been ages since I read this story but it is tons of fun.

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    1. Erudessa, it was just an adorable book :-)

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