Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

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Explain why the author chose to begin and end the book with “Here we go again” and how the difference between the phrases captures Bud’s growth as a character.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Ch. 19

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Discussion Prompt

Why does the author choose to begin and end the book with “Here we go again”? How does the difference between the phrases capture Bud’s growth as a character?

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Key Questions


  • Why does Herman E. Calloway lock himself in the room after he finds out Bud is his grandson? How does Miss Thomas explain this to Bud?
  • How does this section change the reader's perception of Herman?
  • Explain why Mr. Calloway never got in touch with Bud and his mother. What evidence does the author include to show that even though they weren't in touch, he was always thinking about her?
  • Why does Bud go into Herman E. Calloway's room and put the rock and flyer on his table? What does this action show about Bud?
  • On p. 235 Bud says, "I looked at the picture of Momma that Miss Thomas gave me. Momma was looking right at me with that same soft smile. I know it's stupid to smile back at a picture, but I couldn't help myself." Analyze what this detail tells us about Bud and why the author would include it.
  • How does Bud feel about being back in his Momma's room? How do you know?
  • Why does Bud say that the squeaks and squawks of his saxophone were the closing of one door and the opening of another?





to feel pain, illness or injury



according to the law

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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