A close reading of Bud, not Buddy and The Watson's go to Birmingham
Curtis' ten-year-old characters Bud and Kenny are both on a maturation journey during segregation, and they way that they travel through it reflects their upbringing as well as their imagination.
The Characters' Upbringing
Bud Mother died when he was 6 years old.
Kenny Grew up with both parents and siblings
"According to the attachment theory, children with warm, supportive parents develop internal working models of relationships that encourage them to seek support, assistance, or guidance and consequently, they are more likely to utilize active problem-solving strategies."
"Warm, supportive relationships with mothers are important for male coping."