Tuesday, May 18, 2010

book talk tuesday

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carson

Indiebound Description: This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.
But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle unwilling at the start. And it did not take Armand very long to realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than the bridge.

Armand and the children's adventures around Paris -- complete with gypsies and a Santa Claus -- make a story which children will treasure.

My Thoughts: Oh, how I loved this book! These are my favorite Garth Williams illustrations, and that is saying a lot. The story is simply wonderful...and it paints a magical picture of Paris--not the shiny images that you see in tourist photos, but a rich atmosphere with real characters. This is a oldie but such a goodie!

1 comment:

Meg Lippert said...

Hi Grace,
As per your directions on your website contact page, I'm contacting you through your blog to let you know that we are featuring Where the Mountain Meets the Moon on our StorySleuths blog this month. We are 3 writers for children who read like writers, investigating one award-winning children's book a month for clues about how to improve our own writing. We've posted four segments about Where the Mountain Meets the Moon so far (Word Choice and Oral Language Rhythm, Character Motivation, Character Development, and Stories as Scaffolding), and we will be posting two more. I’m contacting you to invite you to share a “Guest Author” post with us and our readers, focused on describing a writing challenge you faced in writing Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and how you confronted and overcame the challenge. Each of our posts ends with a "StorySleuths Writing Tip," and we would be grateful to you if you have a writing tip you'd be willing to share with us. You can reply to me through the StorySleuths blog at StorySleuths.com or to me directly at Meg@storypower.net. By the way, my 5 year old granddaughter lives in Cambridge and I was excited to read about your book party on June 19th at Porter Square Books. I forwarded the info to her and I hope she'll be there. I would be there too but it’s a bit far from Seattle! Meg