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The Family Under the Bridge is a celebration of the City of Light, a celebration of generosity and kindness, and a celebration of family sticking together through tough times. Reading this book is like being taken on a walking tour of Paris. At the beginning of the story, Armand walks past Notre Dame Cathedral.
He descends to the cobbled quay along the Seine river and returns to his favored spot under the bridge. It is there that he meets the three homeless children who will steal his heart. Together they walk among the crowd of holiday shoppers on the Rue de Rivoli, visit Father Christmas at the Louvre, and attend a Christmas Eve party under Tournelle Bridge.
When Armand takes the children to see the gypsies, they first stop by Les Halles, the fresh food market, and then walk past St. Carlson lovingly presents the sights of Paris through the eyes of the Calcet children.
One especially pretty scene occurs at the Christmas Eve party under Tournelle Bridge: Despite the beauty of this scene, one never forgets that the Calcet children are poor and homeless.
Their future is uncertain. Suzy, Paul, and Evelyne are cold and hungry, their clothes are ill-fitting and mismatched, and they cannot even go to school.
The hobo life that so comfortably suits Armand is a calamity for the Calcets, but he shares his food, his philosophy, and his friendship.
Armand has cultivated an appreciation for the simple pleasures and virtues of the poor. For lunch, he enjoys the aroma of food coming from a restaurant. He picks through the refuse at a flower stall to find himself a spring of holly for his buttonhole.
And he carries around one shoe because it fits well and, who knows, its mate might show up someday. But most importantly, he values the kindness and generosity exhibited by the poor toward each other.
This is made explicit when he lectures Madame Calcet on the gypsies. Madame Calcet think gypsies are just thieves, but Armand defends them.
Are you more generous? Madame Calcet is an honest and hard-working woman, but she needs help and it is not easy for her to accept the generosity of others. She is upset when she learns that her children accepted food from Armand and she tries to distance herself from the other homeless people at the Christmas Eve party when she offers to help serve the dinner.
But Armand reminds her of her own words about family sticking together: Armand has taught her a valuable lesson, but he has a lesson to learn as well. And he wanted nothing to do with children.
Twice he turns down job offers. This sets him apart from the other poor people in the story, like the hobo Camille who works as a department store Father Christmas, or Louis who works as a pusher at Les Halles, or the gypsies who earn their living mending pots and pans. Armand is good and kind and generous, but he idolizes the carefree hobo life.
In one poignant scene, he is attending Midnight Mass on the Tournelle quay with the Calcet family and he tries to pray: All I know now is how to beg.
This scene is especially moving because from the very beginning Armand was presented with the cathedral in the background. And now he is praying. Before meeting the Calcet children, Armand was content with his small solitary world. Back then he sat under the bridge, a place lit only by his own little fire.
Now he looks up to the stars. He looks up and he prays in the only way he knows how. Just as Madame Calcet must learn to have less pride, Armand must learn to have more. The Calcets are winsome children.
No one is perfect, but everyone is good.The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Williams. Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. Oct 11, · Lovely review of a Newberry honor book that I just love.
Such a wonderful and intriguing, heart-warming story. Watch this review and better yet, read the book. The Family Under the Bridge Discussion Guide Armand, an old hobo, loves his solitary and carefree life under a bridge in Paris.
Everything he owns can be pushed around in an old baby buggy. Jan 01, · The Family Under the Bridge is a thoughtful, heartwarming story and Ms Carlson deserved all the awards this book won. Has become a 4th grade classic Published by grupobittia.com User, 18 years agoPages: The mission of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is to protect the unprotected -- children, elderly, and people with disabilities -- from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
"The Family Under the Bridge" entails a story about a hobo who meets a homeless family with children and grows close to them. The main character, who begins the story of a loner, is faced with his dislike for children and ends up helping the family as he learns the value that children can hold and finally accepts the importance of family.