Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Book Review

Bud, Not BuddyBud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Goodreads Summary:

It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.

2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.

3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him–not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe I waited this long to read this book. I’ve always heard it was good-from adults and kids alike. Now I know.

Bud captured my heart with his politeness (I love it when kids are raised right!), his humor, and his persistence in finding his way in the life that was handed to him. Such strength. AND innocence.

There are so many parts that made me laugh out loud. The shed. The vampire. Got your attention didn’t I?

I won’t lie and say that tears were never produced, but they didn’t last, and they didn’t ravage my heart.

P.S. I LOVE Bud Caldwell’s  Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself!!

Also, this author wrote another of my favorite books-The Watsons Go To Birmingham.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Social Studies Updates

My panic meter has risen to an alarming all time high. 🙂 I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to feel for this upcoming year with my social studies that I will be teaching for the first time. Which means I have got to GET WITH IT!!

This is what I did about it last night. Till 3am. (Of course, that was AFTER I got back from the movies!)

I researched (and I do mean R E S E A R C H E D) online until I made a decision on what read aloud novels I would use for 5th and 6th. I picked 2 concepts/themes that I want them to understand and connect with. This is what I came up with:

5th grade- American Revolution and Immigration

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Woods Runner

Letters From Rifka by Karen Hesse

Letters from Rifka

6th Grade-Holocaust and Civil Rights

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Whew! That’s done! 🙂

Here are some links that I will be using all year.

Alabama Course of Study Standards for Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies Pacing Guide (Courtesy of Morgan County)

6th Grade Social Studies Pacing Guide (Courtesy of Morgan County)

Alabama High School Graduation Exam Standards

I also made a list of the BIG IDEAS or CONCEPTS that we will cover and wrote them on chart paper and taped to the wall in my little office at my house. I have several columns to check off as I figure out the following:

1. Reading over the material

2. Resources to add to my livebinders page (REALLY loving livebinders!!)

3. Coming up with some kind of introduction presentation/hook

4. Attempting to write out a plan 🙂

I will summarize this post by saying once again-

My panic meter has risen to an alarming all time high. 🙂 I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to feel for this upcoming year with my social studies that I will be teaching for the first time. Which means I have got to GET WITH IT!!

That’s it. 🙂

Reading Aloud to 6th Graders

Reading aloud to my 6th graders is probably one of my favorite times of the day! I think “most” of them love it, too! It’s like I’m able to bring the characters alive for them through my voice and actions. We always talk to our partners about some of what is read. Today we finished chapter 4 of The Watsons Go To Birmingham  by Christopher Paul Curtis.

 

 

 

Kenny’s brother, Byron, took care of Larry Dunn, the boy who stole Kenny’s gloves. In fact, he took care of him REAL GOOD. We discussed how Kenny’s character is so nice and considerate and actually ended up feeling sorry for the boy who stole his gloves.

We answered some questions from our trucker buddy and sent him some questions. We can’t wait for him to visit us! 🙂

Our day tomorrow will be FILLED with our weekly tests. One of them is on our Scott Foresman Reading Street story this week-The Chimpanzees I Love by Jane Goodall. Today we finished partner reading the story and used sticky notes to write down what we though was important. Of course, I also went over the study guide so that our grades can be suitable instead of so many failing grades. These tests are HARD!!! For me!!! 🙂

We didn’t have enough time for Read to Self. 😦 Why can’t I just have another hour in my day???? Even 30 more minutes for each class would be enough. I still need to tweak my schedule to fit this in EVERYDAY!!! And we didn’t even write today! Maybe by retirement I’ll have something figured out for the next teacher. 🙂

1 day until the weekend!! Hooray!

 

 

Book Challenge-Day#1

My first book to read on my book challenge (that was inspired by Donalyn’s 3rd annual Book-a-Day Challenge for this summer) was……drumroll, please………………….

The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Another 6th grade teacher in my district said she reads it aloud to her students each year, and now I know why! It was funny (lots of times I laughed out loud while reading it), real, and very endearing.The story involves  Kenny, a young boy, and his family and their trials and tribulations. I am definitely adding this to my list of read alouds for next year. Bullying is a central theme in this book along with prejedice-lots of good teachable moments to be found inside these covers.