Books The Watsons Go to Birmingham When my year old says Mom you HA
Books The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 When my 10 year old says, "Mom, you HAVE to read this!" and checks my progress, it melts my heart. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm wondering why my 5th grade teacher didn't offer great books(or any for that matter) for us to read!This truly is YA. It's full of adolescent antics, lights up the importance of family and told the story of an incident that happened in Birmingham '63. It's an important read for kids and provided the opportunity to talk about the Civil Rights Movement.My favorite part of the book was when my son read to me his favorite chapter while I ate dinner. Priceless. . The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 am Ebook The Newbery Honor winning American classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 , celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr Pauletta Bracy Enter the hilarious world of ten year old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan There s Momma, Dad, littleThe Newbery Honor winning American classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 , celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr Pauletta Bracy Enter the hilarious world of ten year old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan There s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who s thirteen and an official juvenile delinquent When Momma and Dad decide it s time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other They re heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America s history.. Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 to Dr Herman Elmer Curtis, a chiropodist, and Leslie Jane Curtis, an educator The city of Flint plays an important role in many of Curtis s books One such example is Bucking the Sarge, which is about a fifteen year old boy named Luther T Ferrel, who is in a running battle with his slum lord mother Curtis is an alumnus of the University of Michigan Flint.Curtis is the father of two children, Steven, an ensign in the United States Navy, and Cydney, a college student and accomplished pianist His third child is expected to make an appearance in 2011 Christopher modeled characters in Bud, Not Buddy after his two grandfathers Earl Lefty Lewis, a Negro league baseball pitcher, and 1930s bandleader Herman E Curtis, Sr of Herman Curtis and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.Curtis moved to Detroit, Michigan in January, 2009. The best Books The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis wanted to be a writer but had yet to get a break. Working on a mechanic line in a Flint, Michigan automotive factory, he penned three historical fiction novels for middle grade children. In 1995 his first novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 was published, and lead Curtis out of the automobile industry and into the forefront of children's literature. The winner of both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King as well as other awards, The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 is a quality autobiographical and historical fiction novel. The Watson family is your ordinary African American family living in Flint, Michigan. Daniel works hard to provide for his wife Wilona and their three children Byron, Kenneth, and Joetta. Even if they do not always have enough for luxuries, the family has a roof over their head and is able to get by. Wilona comes from Birmingham, Alabama and never quite gets used to the north, even though it is a safer place to raise her family than in the south. As a teenager, Byron engages in multiple forms of teenage rebellion and threatens to tear apart the fabric of his family. Meanwhile, Kenneth is the family brain, reading well above grade level, while Joetta is an adorable kindergarten student just beginning her school career. As Byron's exploits continue, Wilona takes matters into her own hands and decides to take the family on vacation to Birmingham with the intention of leaving Byron there for the summer. The story is told through Kenneth's narrations and include many memorable interchanges including how Daniel installs a record player in their car, and the different southern dialects that Wilona and her mother use. All is going well, and the family is enjoying their stay in Alabama, until the actual church bombings occur at the church where Joetta is attending Sunday school. The family is scarred but none more than Kenneth, and the Watsons return to Flint the next day. Christopher Paul Curtis has created a powerful, introspective novel for middle grade readers. He has created a strong protagonist in ten year old Kenny Watson as well as well- developed supporting characters. In a middle child who is both academically gifted yet overshadowed by his siblings, Curtis has created a character that many kids can relate to. He has also made this novel into a quality historical fiction in that he weaves the Birmingham church bombings into an already powerful story. Worthy of the Newberry and Coretta King Awards for youth fiction, Curtis has written a story that can be used in schools and for kids to enjoy on their own. I would not have chosen to read about the Watson family if this book was not a buddy read in one of my goodreads groups. My curiosity piqued, I joined in the read and was lead to a poignant middle grade kids book. I do take part in reading black history month challenges each year, but was happy to read this novel later in the calendar as I discovered a new to me author in Christopher Paul Curtis. An important middle grade novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is 4.5 stars, and I look forward to reading Curtis' other works.