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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Sep 15, 2011

1.Junior Historical fiction
2. Bud Caldwell is a boy who struggles to live as an orphan during the depression era. After his mother died, this character once known as Buddy became Bud. This story follows his life after leaving the home of his foster parents as he went out into the world to establish a life he could call his own. As the story progresses, he has to continuously remind himself that he was once loved to help ease the emotions of being on his own as reality hits.
a. Humor
b. One of the major strength of this book was the humor that Christopher Curtis incorporated into the reading. The way the author writes almost gives the reader of sense of feeling like he/she is there with the main character Bud. I grew to appreciate the character Bud and was very interested in reading about how life may have been during this time period.
c. “Rules and Things Number 16. If a grown-up ever starts a sentence by saying ‘Haven’t you heard,’ get ready, cause what’s about to come out of their mouth is gonna drop you headfirst into a boiling tragedy.” (pg. 56)
4. This book could be incorporated into the Social studies curriculum while discussing the Depression era. I think it would be interesting for the students to read this book as well as learn about factual events that took place.

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