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The theme of the book Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is that family is important to everyone. The main character Bud,is a ten year old boy who proves that this is true by searching for his family. He is determined to find his father who he believes to be his only living family. He does this by going to the library to see how to get from Grand Rapids to Flint, Michigan where he thinks his father, Herman E. Calloway is. He walks most of the way to Grand Rapids by himself to meet Mr. Calloway and lastly he convinces Mr. Calloway that they are family. These are the three major steps Bud took in order to find the family he needed.
The first proof that showed Bud needed family was when he went to the library to find out how far Grand Rapids was from Flint. Bud was supposed to go on a train, but somehow he missed it. So he decided to walk to Grand Rapids rather than waiting for another train. Without hesitation, he walks a very long way in order to find his family.This shows how important it was to Bud to have a family.
The second way Bud showed how important family was to him was by walking most of the way to Grand Rapids, a long way for a 10 year old boy by himself. On his way to Grand Rapids Bud meets Mr. Lewis who knows where Herman E. Calloway is. Mr.Lewis gives Bud food and shelter for the night and then a ride to Grand Rapids . This act affection made Bud more desperate to look for his family.
The last way that Bud showed how important finding his family was to him was when he confronted Herman E. Calloway while he was practicing with his band. Bud tries to convince Mr. Calloway that he was Bud’s father but Mr. Calloway does not believe him. Bud does not give up and follows Mr. Calloway to another state where he was performing a concert. Here Bud shows Mr. Calloway the stones that his mother gave him before she died. It is then that Ms. Thomas, a woman who works with Mr. Calloway, comes to realize that Angela Janet Caldwell was Bud’s mother. She tells Bud that Herman E. Calloway is his grandfather not his father. The mystery is solved and Bud has found his family.
This story shows how family is important to everyone including Bud. Bud shows this by going to the library to see how to get to where his family is, by walking most of the way to Grand Rapids by himself, and lastly by trying to convince Mr. Calloway that they are family. Bud never gave up until he found Herman E. Calloway, who was his grandfather not his father. Bud’s mom was Herman E. Calloway’s daughter. Bud had successfully found the family that was so important to him.
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