Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bud, Not Buddy Day #1

In chapters 1-2 we learn that the story takes place during the Great Depression.  Here's some information about that time in our country's history.
  1. It lasted from 1929 until about 1940.
  2. Unemployment in the United States was 25%, which means one out of every four people lost their jobs, and which also means there was very little money to go around.
  3. Herbert Hoover was the United States president at the beginning.
  4. Franklin Roosevelt was elected president in 1932.
In chapter 2 Bud says he started shooting out apologies like John Dillinger shoots out bullets.  Who was he? 

Dillinger was a gangster and bank robber.  And yes, he shot out bullets.  Lots of them.  In less than one year, 1933-1934. Dillinger and his gang robbed numerous banks, and Dillinger himself killed 10 people, including a sheriff.  So if Bud was shooting out apologies like Dillinger shoots out bullets, you know what Bud was doing.  Dillinger was shot and killed by the FBI on July 22, 1934 in Chicago.

Don't forget to answer your questions on your blog.

UPDATE:  I thought you might like to see just how far Toddy got that pencil up Bud's nose.  Remember?  It went in eraser end first, all the way up to the R in Ticonderoga.  Yowch!


  1. Bailey Field12/2/15, 2:04 PM

    My students are enjoying all the photos on this blog for Bud, Not Buddy.
    We found a nice youtube for chapter 8 of Shenandoah

    1. Thanks for sharing that link for Shenandoah. If I remember, I'll add it to that section. (I sure hope I remember!)

      That's during the scene with Deza Malone. Have you or your students read The Mighty Miss Malone? That's a companion book to Bud, Not Buddy, but it tells Deza's story. That scene is in her book too, but it's obviously from a different perspective. Imagine what that dish washing scene would be like if she was telling it.


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