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patricianicole | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2010 at 3:59 PM via web

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When bud opened his suitcase what were the contents?

What four things did bud's mom always tell him?



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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 10, 2010 at 1:31 AM (Answer #1)

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"The book, "Bud, Not Buddy" tells the story of a boy whose mother died four years prior.  He lives in an orphanage.  He gets word that he will be going to a foster home.  Bud has one thing that he treasures, a cardboard suitcase that holds his memories of a previous life.  In the suitcase are:

 "some flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and various bands, a few mysteriously labeled rocks and his blanket."

Bud gets abused in the foster home, so he takes off on a quest to find his father.  He thinks that Herman E. Calloway might be his father.

Bud is very protective of his name because his mother always told him, "Your name is Bud, not Buddy.

 "A bud is a flower-to-be.  A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up.  Its a fist of love waiting to be seen by the world. And that's you." (42)

"Bud is your name and don't you ever let anyone call you Buddy.(41)"

"Don't worry Bud, as soon as you get to be a young man I have a lot of things to explain to you."(42)

"These things I am going to explain to you will be a great help for you."(42)

"And Bud, I want you always to remember, no matter how bad things look to you, no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don't worry, because another door opens."(43)

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debh21 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM (Answer #2)

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Also (and very importantly!) in the suitcase was a picture of his mom from when she was around 10 years old.  In the picture she is looking sad.  Pages 38-39 of the book discuss the picture in depth and why she looks sad in the photo. 

And the rocks are contained in a tobacco bag.

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