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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy (1999)

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Bud runs away from his foster home to try and look for his father. He finds clues that lead him to a band leader in a jazz band. he makes it to grand rapids, he finds his father and jazz band, but his father doesn't really want anything to do with him. However, the other band members invite him to dinner and they end up becoming his family.

Personal reaction:
i liked this book because it shows how you can have a family regardless if they are blood relatives. If they love and care about you, then thats all you need.

Classroom extension:
-the students journal about their families.
- if the students have music class, they could learn about jazz.
  Megan_Livsey | Nov 25, 2015 |
This novel is about a young boy, Bud, and his search for his father. This story also takes you through the experience of someone living after The Great Depression. You see all the struggles many people faced and the triumph when Bud gains some closure about where he came from. ( )
  katelyndraper | Nov 15, 2015 |
Summary: "Bud, Not Buddy," by Christopher Paul Curtis is a story about an orphan African American boy who runs away from his third foster home in Flint, Michigan in search of a better life. Little does he know that the United States is suffering from the Great Depression in 1936. He is on the search for his dad, Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, since his mother passed away four years ago. Bud runs away his friend Bugs to the shantytown to catch a train to California, yet he misses it. Lefty Lewis, however, bribes him with food and takes him to the Grand Rapids to find his father. Eventually Bud finds his father, but he doesn't have much to do with Bud. Fortunately, though, Bud makes a family of the Jazz band and their leader, who is his grandfather and he resides comfortably with Mr. Calloway in his home.

Personal Reaction: I thought this book did a great job of using descriptive imagery and placing the reader in the time frame of the Great Depression. I found Bud's courageousness and tenacity enlightening and entertaining on his journey to find his father. It is easy to fall deep into the story line.

Extension Ideas:
(1. Have students research the era of the Great Depression and report at least ten facts about that time period and how it differs from the current state America is in today, economically, socially, etc.
(2. Have students journal their personal response to the story and whether or not they would have followed Bud in going to find his father or not, and why.
  cwall_2018 | Nov 13, 2015 |
Bud, Not Buddy is a beautiful tale of a young orphan who was in search of a forever home. I enjoyed reading this book for two reasons, the first reason being the strong historical references of what life was like in 1936. On his own, he finds out how rough life is in Michigan in 1936, during the Great Depression. Curtis really connects Bud’s life to any life of an orphan child during the Great Depression, hard. His foster family in the beginning of the book locks him in a shed that is the home of a hive of wasps. However, he finds an escape and is left to his own defenses. The second reason being the main character, I found it was very easy to relate to this character, as many children may find easy to connect to as well. In Bud, Not Buddy, we get an inside perspective of the African-American experience through the eyes of a young boy. The main message of this book was Bud's story and how it shows us all kinds of different people and how they are living through the Depression, and it shows us perspectives from that time most might not be very familiar with. ( )
  AliRadford | Oct 19, 2015 |
“...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.”

“No sir, I don't know why, but my eyes don't cry no more.”

“Rules and Things Number 63: Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know--Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy.”

An engaging, well done young adult/middle grader book, Bud, Not Buddy features the 10-year-old title character, an orphan, running away from his latest abusive foster home after being locked in a shed for the night. He's in Michigan during the Depression, and wants to find the man he believes is his father, a band leader featured on flyers Bud's mother left him. Bud's a polite, thoughtful boy, and attracts some good luck while roughing it. He eventually connects up with the band - sympathetic singer Miss Thomas, Steady Eddie, Mr. Jimmy, Doug the Thug, and others -who welcome him and begin to teach him music. There is plenty of light shown on the time's difficult conditions, but there's also humor and happy optimism. The characters, most especially Bud, are all interesting and well-drawn, and the book is a page-turner well-deserving of its Newbery award. ( )
  jnwelch | Oct 16, 2015 |
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I dedicate this book to the following people:

Leslie and Herman Curtis Jr.
Sarah and Earl Lewis
Hazel and Herman E. Curtis Sr.
Joan and George Taylor, Nina and Sterling Sleet
Gloria and Frederick "Bud" Curtis
Virginia and F. D. Johnson, Paul Lewis
Donna and Eugene Miller
Johnnie and Don Ricks, Rosemary and Willie Swan
Carol and Lawrence Anderson
Laverne and James Cross Sr.
Carolyn and Dan Evans
Willie and Frances and Robert James
Dorothy and Theodore Johnson
Tommie and robert Epps Sr
Mr. and Mrs. Small of Liberty Street, James Wesley Sr.
Harrison Edward Patrick
James Cross Jr.
LaRon Williams, Douglas Tennant
Margaret Davidson, Roland Alums, John Nash
Suzanne Henry Jakeway
And Alvin Stockard-
all of whom led and lead by example, all of whom have been models of compassion, strength and love, all of whom I'll remember forever.
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"A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower-in-waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you." Chapter 5, pg. 42
She handed me the pencil and paper and the cities book, then said, "And when you're done with the book bring it back and I have something special for you!" She had a huge smile on her face.
 I said "Thank you, ma'am," but I didn't get too excited 'cause I know the kind of things librarians think are special.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553494104, Mass Market Paperback)

"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.

Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl." Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, once again exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of an era and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in little Bud. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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