How would you compare and contrast Sam and Curtis in the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman?

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On the face of it, it would seem that Sam and Curtis don't have an awful lot in common. Sam is an elderly Jewish gentleman and Curtis is a young African-American; Sam is a fairly unprepossessing individual and Curtis is a physically strong, imposing presence in the neighborhood.

But in keeping with the overall theme of the novel, their shared commitment to making a success of the community garden brings them together, giving them a common purpose in life which they otherwise wouldn't have. In the process, Curtis's proximity to the soil brings him down to earth, both literally and figuratively, giving him a much-needed sense of humility. As for Sam, his...

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