Dear Christopher Paul Curtis,
Your book, Bud, Not Buddy inspired me to never give up and to keep trying even if it seems as if you should, or even if you think it's almost impossible. In the beginning of the book when Bud is in the orphanage, he only had one friend. I went to a school where I knew very few people and most of them I only knew through sports. I had to move to a different school and it took me about half a year to get some friends. When Bud set out to find his dad, it was like me setting out to find friends. Bud had already gone through a lot ever since his mom died, but his journey to find his dad was worse. I had gone through a lot because I had to change my school, and I didn't know my way around. Finding friends was worse than at my other school, especially because I didn't know anyone.
When Bud went to his foster parent's house he only got to stay one or two days, partly because he wet his bed and his foster parents didn't like kids who wet their bed, especially when they were old enough to not wet their bed. I used to wet my bed at an age where most kids would stop wetting their bed. When Bud gets scared in the shed he has to sleep in, he tries to run away early because it's dark and his foster parents want him gone by the next day anyway. When Bud is finding all the information to see how to get to Chicago, it's like when I have a big school project or I'm doing chores and I want to get done with it so I can go play because I'm in a big hurry to play but I want to do it neatly so I don't have to go back and do same stuff again. When Bud is trying to catch the train to Chicago, he feels a lot of excitement but he is also very nervous. To me, that feeling is right before I have a sporting event. I'm excited and nervous.
Bud is trying to get to his long-lost dad (To him) he ends up finding a band instead. But Bud has a connection to the band leader. Little does he know he is actually Bud's Grandpa. When Bud first meets the band, they take Bud out to dinner. There, Bud has the dinner of his life. When it's my birthday I get to pick the place I want to go. I always pick my favorite place called the Macaroni Grill. There I have the dinner of my life. Bud's first night with the band he sleeps in his mom's room but he doesn't know it. When the band gives Bud his saxophone, it's like when I get a gift for my birthday or Christmas. My brother used to play the trumpet and it took some time for him to get comfortable with it. It took some time for Bud to get comfortable with his saxophone.
Your book taught me that things aren't easy in life and that it is a journey to a lot of things. Bud had life changing experiences and reading this book was truly one of the biggest experiences I've encountered.