I like to read chapter books to the kids in addition to picture books because I think it helps their concentration to pay attention to a longer story, and because they seem to enjoy the added detail and drama of a more in-depth tale. I generally read one chapter per day although sometimes I can be persuaded to read more. One of the books we read this month was Natalie Savage Carson’s Newberry Honor Award winning book The Family Under the Bridge.
The book tells the story of a homeless man in Paris who accidentally becomes attached to a homeless family of three children when they all find themselves sleeping under the same bridge. I know, you’re thinking, “whoa, you’re reading to your preschoolers about homeless kids????” but the story is very upbeat and is all about the hope and ingenuity of this unlikely group as they learn that what is really important around Christmas time is family and friendship.
We enjoyed this book and the great illustrations by Garth Williams (who also illustrated the Little House books and others). If you’re looking for something to read to your kids these last few days before Christmas, I’d recommend The Family Under the Bridge!
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