Dear Christopher Paul Curtis,
Your book, The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963, changed my view of the world
me that there are some massive acts of evil such as the bombing of the church in 1963. It surprises me that these acts of evil are still going on today, such as the Connecticut shooting
at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
I realized that I get involved
in a good book so much that I can feel the same emotions
that the characters feel. If the church
that my sibling went to had been destroyed, I would feel the same as Kenny or Byron. One of the characters that I feel a unique relationship with would be Byron. I feel sorry for Byron because he does things
without thinking and regrets those actions later. For example,
when he hurt the pigeon and killed it, he was very upset. I would feel bad if I injured an animal like Byron did. Byron and
are similar because
we are the oldest in our family,
but the biggest difference between Byron and me would be that I listen to my parents.
This piece changed
my view of the world by showing me that there are different ways of writing a great story. I really love the fact that this piece has fiction aspects and non-fiction aspects.
The way the characters interact
humorously throughout the story makes it even more emotional when the bombing
of the church happened. The characters' thoughts
and reactions to the tragedy
made me sad and distressed. This piece is meaningful to me because
grew up in a very diverse family where my dad's ancestors are from Germany and my mom's relatives are from the Philippines. I would sometimes get upset when my classmates
assumed I was born in another country because I looked different. I think this helped me to relate to the characters even more because I could imagine a little bit of how they felt.
This piece also showed me how America
has changed over 50 years. In 1963 African-Americans were not thought
of as equal citizens, but now they have equal rights. Now, so much has changed.
The fact that we now have the first African
American president, and that he was elected
for a second term, shows how much America has changed. Even though they have equal rights, the fact that they are still discriminated upsets me. I have witnessed students at my school repeating racist comments towards
our president, which they may have heard
from others and repeated. This shows that America has changed, but can still be even better. Overall I thought that this book completely changed my view of the world.