Title

Racism, Poverty and Family: What Children Can Learn From Reading Bud, Not Buddy

Date of Award

8-9-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Jennifer Golightly

Keywords

Bud, Not Buddy; Christopher Paul Curtis; The Great Depression

Abstract

This Capstone Project examines how the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis plays an essential role in educating the reader on the issues of racism, poverty and the search for family. Though this children's book takes place during the Great Depression, it resonates with children who are facing similar problems due to the economic and socio-economic problems that exist today. This project studies the way in which the protagonist, Bud Caldwell, faces difficult issues and how he overcomes them with strength, determination and humor. This project shows that Bud, Not Buddy is not only a book children find entertainment in, it is also a book from which they can learn.

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