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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Bud, Not Buddy (original 1999; edition 2004)

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Member:LainaBourgeois
Title:Bud, Not Buddy
Authors:Christopher Paul Curtis
Info:Laurel Leaf (2004), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Novel, Music, Family, Ages 12 and Up

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)

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Summary:
The story is about a young boy who has been living in foster care. He wants to find his father and using clues his mother left for him he sets out. He does end up finding some of his family along the way he finally has he own family.

Personal Reaction

My sister had read this book when she was in elementary school and told me about it. I really enjoy book that are set in this particular time period because the stories seem to have richer and deeper meanings to them.

Exercises

Students can have a suitcase that in side has the descriptions of Bud inside as a character development lesson.

Students can create their own saxophones by making one, coloring or writing a short paper.
  CaitlinOH_22 | Mar 27, 2017 |
Summary:
Bud is a ten year old boy who sets out on a quest to find his father. Going only on the clues left by his late mother, Bud sets out. Bud lives by his own rules which he wrote in Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.

Personal Reflection:
I love reading book set in the Great Depression Era. This book did a wonderful job at showing how life was back then.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Students can make their own suitcase. Give the students a paper bag and have them decorate with pictures from a magazine or crayons for drawing.
2. Have the students draw a picture of one of the characters using only descriptive words about the story. Give students paper and crayons.
  coralea | Mar 26, 2017 |
an interesting and enjoyable read for group of advanced third-grade readers.
  Smoscoso | Mar 9, 2017 |
Bud is an orphan that has been through a lot of difficulties. After fleeing from his foster family he goes in search for his father but finds a surprising ending.
  jzsolorzano7 | Feb 3, 2017 |
I remember reading this story in elementary school, but there were many small details that were not realized by me until now. A very sad and heartwarming story about a brave young boy. ( )
  Annabelleurb | Dec 12, 2016 |
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an interesting and enjoyable read for group of advanced third-grade readers.
 
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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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