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Bud, Not Buddy: Book Project Presentation

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Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis:
Do you deserve your medal?

Theme: How do the main themes of the book make or break the credibility of being a Newberry winner?
In this section we will be answering the question of how the themes of the novel justify its possession of the award.
The Element of Fiction!
My own opinion...
I really loved this book! It kept me interested the whole time, start to finish. I loved the displays of Buds' nerve, whit, cleverness, humor, determination, drive and love for what he believes in, hopes for and wishes he can achieve. This book has really made me think about what I would do for a simple hope, something that is thought to be impossible. For Bud this was the hope that Herman E Calloway is his Dad. What is it for me though? What is it for you? Do you know of something that you would leave all of your comforts and norms for. This book shows amazing values that every hero must have. That every good person wants to have. A will power of titanium and a love for family and what is really important to you in life. We need to try to be inspired by the message that this story brings to us. A message of hope, of joy, of love, of triumph, of success. I believe completely that this book deserves all of the awards it has been given not just the Newberry Medal. This books has everything it needs to be an inspiring book: it connects with the audience, it shows true goals-worthy goals, it inspires thought, it is an entertaining page turner and most of all a book that was written by a man who shares these same values and goals of family and achievement. I loved this book and love the message it brings.
Sources of Information and Media
What About The Author?
Does
Christopher Paul Curtis
fit the criteria of a Newbery Award winning Author? How have the events in his life changed him for the better so he could achieve what he has achieved?
What was going on during this time period?
In this section we will be discussing both the time during which this book was written and the time period in which the book takes place.
Christopher Paul Curtis was the second oldest of 5 other siblings while growing up. He grew up in Flint, Michigan which is the setting of many of his books including Bud, Not Buddy. He came from a fairly musical family his grandfather was Herman E. Curtis Sr who was a popular and somewhat famous professional jazz musician. One of the characters in
Bud, Not Buddy
was created somewhat in the image of Herman E. Curtis Sr.
Figure One
Christopher Paul Curtis knew how work. He knew what he loved
but he also knew what he needed to do to survive. After he graduated from high school he lived, "kind of the typical Flint, Michigan life." The Typical Flint life meant that you would be working hard straight out of work, and not in a nice air conditioned, clean facility. Most people during that time in Flint went straight to industrial work in factories. For Mr. Curtis he worked in a Buick factory assembling doors onto the main frame of the car, the door weighed 80 pounds. He hated his job.
He only took the job out of desperation, he had to if he wanted to survive. To keep his mind off of work he and his partner were able to increase efficiency by working together instead of separately, taking turns. In this they found 30-60 minutes of free time between each car. To pass the time he began to read. Then once that wasn't enough to satify he thought, "I can write something better than that." He then just started to write between instead of reading and he created his "form" of how he wrote his own stories.
I think that because he was smart enough to be able to find a compromise between survival and pleasure he becomes a very smart man who worked hard to get what he wanted. That to me shows that he deserves the honor of being a
Newberry Award
Winner.
Figure 2
This book, along with most of Christopher Paul Curtis' other books
takes place in the
Depression Era
or
The Great Depression.
That being
said it effects everything that the characters do. The great depression
is a time period of great shortage. This is caused mainly by the stock
markets' largest crash in history which caused all consumers, producers
and sellers to lose a lot of money. For the country folk this seems fine, their natural goods are worth more now right? They are, but once a huge drought came they couldn't grow anything anymore and as if that wasn't bad enough this cause huge dust storms which killed livestock and people! The depression was not good for anyone. This effects the way people act because they are caused to do desperate things, desperate times call for desperate measures. It shows why Bud does what he does.
He started publishing his books in the late 90s. This becomes
so important to why he wrote because of the Coretta Scott King
Award. This award is given annually for books that inspire Non-Violent Social Change, as is printed across the top of the award. This award was created by Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther Kings' wife, after Martin Luther King died. Christopher Paul Curtis has received this award and the Newberry award for two of his books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Burmingham - 1963. Again this second award (C S K award) shows that Christopher Paul Curtis has changed people for the better and as such deserves these awards.
Figure 4
Figure 3
I think the main themes of the book are pretty easy
to pin down. I would like to talk about two main themes
in particular: Dedication/Resolve and Family. In general
these themes are the same in how the help Bud through-
out the entire story. They come up in the story because they are Buds' best attributes, and the things that are most important to him.
The first theme is Buds' determination. I bring
this up because this is a very inspiring theme.
When you think about the amount of determination
Bud had in the story it helps us see that we can do
things for us that are much easier but are equally important to us. Bud was able to have the resolve to do insane things for the one thing he wanted, for his one hope: that Herman E. Calloway is his father, and that he has a family. This is a very noble theme and desire for the main character, and as I said before, it's inspiring. This justifies the award he has been given.
Figure 6
The other theme I would like to discuss is family. In the
book there is an obvious drive for family. This is what
cause Bud to do the crazy things he does. He obviously
loves the thought of having a family. Christopher Paul
Curtis' own life plays into this theme. He loves his family,
he is married and has 3 children. Bud works as hard as he
can doing things not usually capable of one his age because
he had a strong enough desire, a true enough goal. This
applies to all of us. We all need to find our own desire and
if we work hard enough we can get it. That is why Christopher
Paul Curtis deserves a Newberry Award.
Figure 5
How is it entertaining?
This book is a very exciting very funny very
engaging story. This book is a fairly fast
paced story in which Bud gets himself in
and out of trouble on several occasions. The
book is certainly a page turner with many twists
even, a little bit of cute little kid romance ;) This
entertainment is in a wide variety and will be
sure to please a wide variety of audiences. The
story helps people think about what they would
do to see someone the hope is their dad... That
is something that will certainly keep you interested to see whether or not it really is the one thing that Bud hopes will make him happy.
Figure 7
Figure 8
Figure 9
If a movie were made for this book it would be a good one.
This book has fantastic music, young love, an engaging plot, a happy ending, twists and turns, and the list goes on and on. This book was very well written and that is why it is a Newberry winner! It is a fun story that all people can relate to in some way. We all have dreams, wishes, hopes, goals the list goes on, and so when we read a story like this we connect with the characters, the main character in particular. This keeps us entertained, engaged, thoughtful and keeps the pages turning. We all love to see a hero be born, a nobody succeed and we all love to feel that hope in our own lives. This is why this book deserves a Newberry award.
In this section I would like to discus the main plot points in
the story. We start out by learning about Bud. We see that
he is a poor orphan boy who lives in a "home." He is just doing what he can to stay happy after his mother has died (we learn this fairly early in the book). He then is sent to someones house, foster caregivers, and gets into a rough time with their son and their parents. Their son beats him up and then when Bud fights back to defend himself the boy plays the victim and Bud has to sleep in the Barn/Shed. In there Bud thinks he has encountered a vampire bat sleeping in the rafters. When Bud attacks he finds that the mass doesn't feel like a bat, then the yellow-jackets start pouring out. Bud finally is able to break free of the shed and gets his revenge on the boy by causing him to wet the bed using a bowl of warm water.
Once Bud leaves that place he goes to hideout in front of
a library where he loves spending his time. He is able to get some food from the soup kitchen (for lack of a better term) and then goes to the library. Once Bud leaves he goes to campout under two large trees, he has a blanket in the suitcase he always carries with him. He is found by a good friend from the home, Bugs, and they make the decision to try and train hop. At the "station" Bud encounters his first experience with "romance" Deza Malone. The next morning Bud and Bugs plan to hop the train, Bugs makes it. Bud is left behind. This is when things really get interesting.
The suitcase I talked about before contains Buds most
precious possessions. They are things given to him from his mother before she died. Bud realizes that the treasures may be hints to who his Dad is, Herman E Calloway, famous jazz musician. Bud decides to go for it, follow his hunch and head to Flint to find his Dad. This is where I stop telling because you should read the book :)
Figure 11
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Informational Sources:
Section 1(author section):"biography Christopher Paul Curtis." Scholastic. Scholastic. Web. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/christopher-paul-curtis
Section 2 (time period): "Christopher Paul Curtis." Random House Kids. Random House LLC, n.d. Web. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis/index.php>.
Section 3(theme):"Christopher Paul Curtis." Windsor Mosiac. Windsor Mosiac Website, n.d. Web. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.windsor-communities.com/african-writer-curties.php>.
Section 4 (entertainment):"Christopher Paul Curtis." Nobody But Curtis. Nobody But Curtis, n.d. Web. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.nobodybutcurtis.com/index.html>.
Media Sources:
Figure 1: Christopher Paul Curtis. 2012. Photograph. Nobody But CurtisWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.nobodybutcurtis.com/biography.html>.
Figure 2: Christopher Paul Curtis. 2011. Photograph. Random House KidsWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis/books.php>.
Figure 3:Just Keep Moving. 2011. Photograph. The ChiselerWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://chiseler.org/post/8997766835/just-keep-moving>.
Figure 4: The Origins of The Coretta Scott King Award. 2009. Photograph. Lee and Low BooksWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://blog.leeandlow.com/2013/02/25/the-origins-of-the-coretta-scott-king-award/>.
Figure 5:Achievement of goal. 2013. Photograph. DreamstimeWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-achievement-goal-image21286324>.
Figure 6:About The Author. 2011. Photograph. Random House KidsWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis/author.php>.
Figure 7:Christopher Paul Curtis-Books. 2011. Photograph. Random House KidsWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis/books.php>.
Figure 8: Small Brown Vintage Suitcase. 2013. Photograph. Rosy VintageWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://rosyvintage.com/vintage-suitcase-small.html>.
Figure 9:Peterborough East Train. 2012. Photograph. WikimediaWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walton_with_Leicester_-_Peterborough_East_train_geograph-2791492-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg>.
Figure 10: Old Barn Black and White. 2012. Photograph. HDR cremeWeb. 2 Jan 2014. <http://hdrcreme.com/photos/36461-Old-Barn-Black-And-White>.
Figure 11: The Newbery, Caldecott and National Book Award Winners and Honors for 2000. 2000. Photograph. Shoppe Talk, Ventura. Web. 2 Jan 2014. <http://www.toysandbooks.com/Spring2000newsletter/Spring2000_index.htm>.
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