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review 2017-05-27 22:07
"Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

This is a book that was recommended to me by students. It's often assigned reading in school, but it was never assigned for me. I didn't really have an expectation that I would either like or dislike Bud, Not Buddy but I definitely enjoyed it. I was sad for Bud and how he was treated in the foster care system. Even worse, it's not much better in the present day. I was interested to find out the significance of Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!! and I think that that was all wrapped up nicely. And I love that the author honored his grandfathers by basing two important characters on them.

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review 2017-04-15 00:00
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis This story is way too adorable. It stars an orphan with tons of reasons to be sad, but he has the best adventure despite everything. I really liked it. He's ten, and it's made for a younger audience, but most everyone will enjoy it.
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review 2017-04-08 02:58
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy is about a young boy who is sent to an orphanage at the age of six after his mother passes away. This story is taken place during the Great Depression. Bud is determined to find his biological father while he is moving from the orphanage to different families. I read this story a couple of years ago and thought it was fantastic.

 

This novel could be read in a 3-5th grade classroom aloud, or it could be read in 6-8th grade. I would use this story to have comprehension, analysis and theme discussions as reading it aloud in the class. I would have 5th grade students choose one object or person from the story that is a symbolic representation and have them write about it. For 3rd or 4th graders, I would have them choose one of the main characters and create a word web describing that character.

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review 2017-04-07 00:59
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Lexile Level: 950L

This incredible story is about a boy named Bud who is in the foster system after losing his mother. After he is able to get away from the family he is placed with, he sets off to find the man he believes is his father. He meets incredible people on the way and finds the family he has always been looking for. I would use this book as a read-aloud to my students during free time.

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review 2017-03-31 01:18
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

I remember my brother reading this book when he was in middle school but I never got to read it when I was younger. I finally got the chance to this year and I am so happy I did! This book describes a young orphaned boy on a journey to find his father and husband to his widowed mother. The book follows his quest and introduces us to the people he meets along the way, who become somewhat like family to him. This book would be great for 6-8th grades and the lexile level for this book is 950L. For an activity, I think it would be fun to look deeper into the characters by having students relate important quotes in the book to the character who said this. You could use sticky notes to write the quote and page number and discuss as a class which character the quote is said by or who it describes. 

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