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The Family Under the Bridge - Online Book Club

Updated: Mar 5

Welcome to our online book club for grades 3-5! We are excited for you to join us in reading The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready for pickup today, Friday, March 1! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"The Family Under the Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson

“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." 

Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!

More about the author, the illustrator, and the world of The Family Under the Bridge:

Exodus Books’s page on Natalie Savage Carlson:

Illustrator Garth Williams’s granddaughter’s tribute:

HarperKids’ page on The Family Under the Bridge and helping the homeless:

Paris Je t’aime in English:

Kiddle Encyclopedia’s page on Paris:

Included as well: a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a Paris coloring page!

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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