New York : Harper & Brothers, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. 99 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $2.95 dust jacket. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper. No other markings elsewhere in this book. Binding is firm.
THE FAMILY UNDER THE BRIDGE
by Natalie Savage Carlson
Pictures by Garth Williams
NATALIE Savage Carlson's joyous stories with their authentic French backgrounds have won for her a deservedly high reputation (see back flap).
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 a 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.
Natalie Savage Carlson was born in Winchester, Virginia, and spent her early years on a farm in Maryland. When she was eleven her family moved to California; since then she has lived in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Honolulu. At present Mrs. Carlson is living in Paris with her husband, an offcer in the United States Navy.
Mrs. Carlson's previous books published by Harper & Brothers are: THE HAPPY ORPHELINE, SASHES RED AND BLUE, WINGS AGAINST THE WIND, and THE TALKING CAT.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Garth Williams was born in New York City. Educated in England, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, and won the British Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1936.
Among the books for young people which Mr. Williams has illustrated are E. B. White's STUART LITTLE and CHARLOTTE'S WEB, the new edition of the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and LITTLE FUR FAMILY by Margaret Wise Brown. He is the author-artist of THE RABBITS' WEDDING and THE ADVENTURES OF BENJAMIN PINK.
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