The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 Themes & Characters

Christopher Paul Curtis
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Curtis writes mainly about the theme of relationships, especially those relationships between parent and child and between siblings. Kenny has a close and open relationship with his parents and senses when it is appropriate to ask them questions and go to them with problems. Dad and Momma respect Kenny and his questions, giving him simple, truthful answers. When Kenny offended his only friend, Rufus, Momma was sensitive to the subtle change in Kenny and helped him talk about what was troubling him. He even asked for her advice.

After discerning that Kenny had tried to apologize to Rufus, she advised Kenny to try again and give Rufus time to forgive him. Without fanfare, she interceded on Kenny's behalf with Rufus, and the two boys were able to make amends.

In the relationship between Kenny and By, Kenny alternates between fear of and fascination for By. By is...

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