MMGM (8/27/2018): The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

For MMGM, I am recommending The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson.

This extremely short (about 130 pages) Newbery Honor book, which was first published all the way back in 1958, tells the story of a homeless man named Armand who is perfectly content with his life, in which he has given up responsibility and is free to do what he wants. However, Armand then finds a homeless single mother and her three children living under the bridge in Paris that he also lives under. He initially dislikes this family but later begins to bond with the children and take care of them while their mother works. Armand ends up trying to help the children and their mother find a home after realizing that having some responsibility in life can be worth it. This novel is fun to read, with Armand and the children's adventures helping to maintain an upbeat tone. The book's short length also works to make the book a breeze to move through! However, The Family Under the Bridge also tells an important story that can teach young children to have empathy for the homeless and not blame them for their plight, making it a valuable book that I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to read!


  1. I read this a couple years ago and had much the same reaction you had. I think it should speak to a lot of people in today's world. Thanks for the post.

  2. There's a book I haven't heard about in a long time. Glad to hear someone's still reading those old Newbery honor books. Good for you!

  3. I enjoyed reading your post about this book today. What a great plot on this timely issue in our society. I was pleased to note that Garth Williams is the illustrator of this book. He's one of my all-time favorite children's illustrators. Thanks so much for sharing this for MMGM.

  4. When I first saw the title it didn't ring with any familiarity. Now that I see the cover and read your review, I remember reading this tender tale many years ago. It's time to read it aloud again. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I am always eager to find books on homelessness! But I have never read or heard about the Newbery Book Honor winner. I would have been young when it was published and something I would have loved to read! Will have to check it out! Thank you for posting!


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