1959 Honor book
I decided to work on some of the older titles. I actually found a copy of this book in the Salvation Army thrift store, so - why not? And guess what? It was really good!
"Once there was an old man named Armand who lived under a bridge in Paris. Everything he owned could be pushed around in an old baby buggy without a hood - it was easy for him to move from place to place. Armand loved his solitary, carefree life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.
But the children who lived under the bridge knew a true friend when they saw one, even if that friend was a little bit grumpy to begin with. And it did not take Armand long to see he had gotten himself a ready-made family - one he loved with all his heart, and one he would have to find a better home for than the bridge."
This was a sweet, very quick read, about a hobo with a hardened heart. But the Calcet children work their way into his affections and pretty soon Armand is doing everything he can to keep them all together. Very cute story!