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Bud, Not Buddy Presentation

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Kate Plymale

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Bud, Not Buddy
Christopher Paul Curtis
Anna McGowan and Kate Plymale
4th hour
Major Characters
One of the main characters is Bud. He is courageous because Bud went to find his dad all by himself and walked across Michigan. Another main character is Herman E. Calloway. Herman ends up being Bud's grandfather.
Minor Characters
One of the minor characters is the band. This is the band Herman E. Calloway plays in. Another minor character is the Amos family. This is the foster family that Bud stays with at the beginning of the book. Lefty Lewis is the one who finds Bud on the street when he decides to walk to Flint where his so thought dad is supposed to be. Mrs. Thomas is Herman E. Calloway's helper. She also helps care for Bud. Those are the minor characters in
Bud, Not Buddy.
The antagonist in this story is Herman E. Calloway because he knew that Buds mom died but did nothing about it. Also he was mean to Bud when he tried to tell Herman that they were related.
The Protagonist in the story is Bud. Bud is the protagonist because he is caring and nice throughout the story even when Herman is mean.
Conflict and Solution
The conflict in this story was that Bud's dad had died a long time ago (Although Bud does not know this.) and Bud wants to find him. So, Bud goes for help. The flyer his mom gave him before she died was what he thought was his dad. It said Flint so he went to Flint to find him. Along the way he meets Lefty Lewis. Lefty Lewis ends up taking bud to Herman E. Calloway. (who Bud thinks is his Dad) the conflict is solved when Bud finds out that Herman E. Calloway is actually his grandfather.
The plot of
Bud Not Buddy
is that a little orphan boy is sent to a family. The family was mean to Bud so Bud chooses to find his dad who he thinks is the person on the flyer he finds. On his way he meets Lefty Lewis who helps him get new clothes and food. Bud tells Lewis that his dad is in the band even though Bud does not know if it is his real dad yet. With the suit case and rocks from his mom, Bud finds out that Herman E. Calloway, so thought dad, is really his grandpa. When Herman found out that Bud was his grandson he was emotional because Bud brought back memories of Herman's daughter.

The theme of
Bud, Not Buddy
is a boy looking for love and a family. Bud ends up finding someone who will give him love and care for him. Herman E. Calloway is who. Bud finds Herman using a flyer of his band that Bud found. On his way to love and family Bud meets people who also want to care for Bud. That is Lefty Lewis. In the search for Herman, Bud meets Lewis, a police man who helps Bud with food and new clothes. In the end Bud does get what he wants, love and family.
There are many settings in Bud, Not Buddy. One of them is the Amos's house. This is the home of the family that chooses to take care of Bud. Another place is the library. The library is where Bud went and stayed after he ran away from the Amos's. Third, is Lefty Lewis' house. This is where Bud stayed when he tried to find his dad and Lewis let Bud stay. Lastly, where Herman and the band stay and perform is a setting in this book because this is where Bud meets his grandpa. All of these settings are important because main parts of the story happen in those places.
Kate's Favorite Part
My favorite part of this book was at the beginning. After Bud runs away from the Amos's house he sleeps under a tree by the library. He plans to wake up early to go to the local soup kitchen, but sleeps in and is too late to get in line. Luckily, an unknown family takes him in line. Not only is the family generous enough to let Bud in line, but they also give him some brown sugar for his oatmeal. Next time Bud was sure not to be late. I likes this part because it shows that just because the way somebody's lifestyle is it doesn't mean you can judge them about being nice or about being normal.
Anna's favorite part
My favorite part of the book has to be when Bud and Herman find out they are related. I like this part because it is very interesting to me.This part is interesting because of how they set it up. Bud was looking at rocks of his moms and Herman asked where he got them. Bud told him and what his moms name was. Herman realizes that Buds mom is his daughter, which makes Bud his grandson.
Connection to Esperanza Rising
Bud, Not Buddy
is a close book to
Esperanza Rising
because of the characters. Bud and Esperanza are close in age. Also, both of them are very courageous. Esperanza is courageous because after her dad dies her and her mom have to move away from Mexico. When they move, Esperanzas mom gets sick and is in the hospital. Esperanza has to work in the fields and pay for bills. Bud is courageous because he does not know where his dad is and his mom died so he wants to find his dad. After leaving the Amos's Bud chooses to go find his dad in Flint. Bud walks to Flint and ends up finding his grandpa who he thought was his dad.
Contrasting to Esperanza Rising
Although this book is similar to Esperanza Rising it is very different. The plot of the story is different. Bud, Not Buddy is about a boy who runs away, but Esperanza is about immigration. The journey's of two kids are very different. Esperanza has just moved to the U.S.A. and is trying to make a living on the little money she has earned. Bud is searching for his dad, but ends up finding his grandfather. That is how Esperanza Rising and Bud, Not Buddy are different.
About Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher was born on May 10, 1953. When he was growing up he went to three different elementary schools. These include Dewey Elementary, Clark Elementary, and Pierce Elementary. He then continued on to Whittier Junior High School, McKinley Junior High School, and then to Flint Southwestern High School. He wrote his first book The Watsons go to Birmingham in 1963. One of his latest books is The Mighty Miss Malone written in 2012.
Crude (adj.)- in a natural or raw state
Example: "I can tell that he isn't one of those rude, crude folks Mr.Calloway usually scours up."

Acquaintance (noun)- a persons knowledge or experience of something
Example: " I am pleased to make your acquaintance as well."

Ticonderoga (noun)- a name that came from the Iroquois, it is a name of a common pencil.
Example: "I saw Ticonderoga printed on the yellow wood."

Urchin (noun)- a mischievous young child
Example: "I've never gotten in as deep as the N on any other little street urchin."

(verb)- strike someone hard and heavily
Example: "Todd pointed at his jaw and Mrs.Amos and me could see a perfect print in the shape of my hand

“Just like when there's a time that a smart person knows enough is enough, there's a time when you know you've got to fight.”
―-Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
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