BUD, NOT BUDDY
By Christopher Paul Curtis
Meet Bud Caldwell, an unforgettable 10-year old who is determined to make his way in the world! Bud has been living in an orphanage and foster homes since his mother’s death four years ago. Now Bud feels it is time to go out “on the lam” to find his father. A series of lucky breaks and eye-opening experiences brings Bud face-to-face with his past and his future.
This idea works great when used before reading Chapter 7! Instead of using common similes, Bud’s extraordinary comparisons define his character and create humor. For example, in Chapter 1, Bud describes his caseworker’s shoes as “sounding like little firecrackers going off”; in Chapter 3, Bud “held the rake like it was a Louisville Slugger”; and in Chapter 5, he describes his Mamma as being fast “like a tornado.” Before reading Chapter 7, share these similes with students and then prompt them to be on the lookout for more of Bud’s similes in the chapter. Upon completion of the chapter, have students share any examples noted. Then discuss how these similes paint a picture of Bud’s personality. Finally, give each student a copy of this worksheet to practice changing ordinary similes into extraordinary ones that Bud might use.
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