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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Give one reason why Mrs. Watson was angry about her husband driving straight through to Birmingham, and one reason why she was pleased.

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Mrs. Watson had spent a lot of her time planning out the trip, planning what hotels they could stay in, what restaurants where they could eat, and even when they would take their bathroom breaks. Mr. Watson deciding to just drive straight through made Mrs. Watson feel like she had wasted all of her time and energy.

Kenny knows that his father is planning to drive their car, the Brown Bomber, straight through and not follow his mother's plan, but for some reason decides not to tell her.

On the other hand, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants would cost money, and Mrs. Watson was very pleased with the amount of money her family would be saving by driving straight through to Birmingham.

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