©1999 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration ©1999 Ernie Norcia
"The cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable." (AudioFile)
My whole family (including a 9 year old boy and 7 year old girl) enjoyed listening to Bud. We were touched and inspired as he made his way through the hardscrabble years of the Depression, learning something about this hard time in American history- laughing and crying along the way.
The genius of this book is how relatable childhood is no matter the time, race or place. I liked how Bud's interaction with the adults around him set off the time and vibe of the Great Depression. His adventures are your education. Easy, G-rated, listen. Some sad times, lots of hope, a little back wash...nice over all ride
Very good. Though this is geared toward younger readers, I listened to it with my parents who are in their late 60s and I'm in my 30s and we enjoyed it. Great visual language and the actor reading it brought all the characters to life. We're from Michigan and loved learning some local history too.
Great story!!! I used it this past year with my 6th Grade class, and they loved it!!!! They were so interested in it, that the staff members began to read it. I love the book; although, I hadn't read anything else by Christopher Paul Curtis, I can firmly state that he is a GREAT author!!
I purchased this book when my granddaughter (age 11) and I had to drive to a distant town that was a 6 hour round trip. As we started to drive and I started the book, she was thrilled because she said her class at school had just listened to it this year and she loved it. I really enjoyed it myself, too. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to.
My sixth grade class read/listened to this book together. Many students actually groaned about the cover initially and said that "it looked like something depressing." BUT after the narrator started reading, the students actually begged to be the first in the room to pass out books---- before the tardy bell! The students (especially my boys) were so consumed by little Bud's life after listening to the first chapter. This book is a great read for discussing characterization, author's choices and a bit of history on the depression. Everyone in the class agreed that the narrator of the recording made the story seem alive and interesting from the very beginning. It was priceless to watch a whole room turning the pages at exactly the same time. My hearing impaired learner even applauded the recording saying that it was incredibly clear and easy to understand. Beautifully done---- I highly recommend this book!!!
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