The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

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Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigatesthe dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a 2010 Newbery Honor Book and the winner of the 2010 Bank Street - Josette Frank Award. This title has Common Core connections.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c2009.
ISBN: 9780805088410
Characteristics: 340 pages ;,22 cm.


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VaughanPLDonnalee May 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this delightful book. This book is an historical novel, set in 1899 Texas. Calpurnia is the only girl in a family of boys, and she develops a strong bond with her naturalist grandfather and begins accompanying him on his explorations to study and examine the natural world around them. This was a splendidly old-fashioned thick episodic novel, overflowing with atmosphere and charm. Calpurnia, aka "Callie V" is a wonderfully curious heroine, who is trying to learn all about the fascinating world she lives in and to discover her own identity. The book is full is fascinating characters and subplots. Calpurnia's quest to discover her own path in the world, and her attempts to find the elusive balance between her own interests and her parents' expectations for her is a timeless dilemma that modern readers will understand. This book reminded me of many beloved classics from my childhood, such as Gone Away Lake, A Girl of the Limberlost and even Little Women. This is one of the most enjoyable new children's books I have read in a long time. Highly recommended.

Jun 29, 2015

awesome book

Jul 14, 2014

A book for everyone... well-written, funny, touching and makes you think.

afzalupal Mar 12, 2014

Good Book
It snows at the end

Nov 14, 2013

If you are interested in plants and relationships and history...this is the book for you. well done!

Cdnbookworm Nov 08, 2013

The year is 1899, the place is small town Fentress, Texas. Calpurnia is the only girl in her family, with six brothers, three older and three younger. She is a tomboy, not interested in cooking or needlework, a girl who sneaks out of her room when everyone is napping in the midday summer heat and goes to the river, stripping down and floating in the cool water.
Her interest in nature gradually brings her into contact with her grandfather, a man she has been wary of until the discovery of a shared interest. When the local librarian refuses to give her access to Charles Darwin's book without a note from her parents, her grandfather kindly loans her his copy. As the two spend time together, observing nature, gathering samples and noting what they observe, Calpurnia has a whole new world opened to her, but will she be allowed to break out of the traditional life her mother envisions for her to follow her own dreams?
Each chapter opens with a quote from The Origin of Species, applicable to that chapter's developments. It's a great book, seeing the expectations for a girl of her generation and place, and the changes coming in the future years. Her grandfather is encouraging and sympathetic, but is his influence enough to assist Calpurnia in her new dreams.

May 19, 2013

This book is quite nice filled with animals and plants including the new species of vetch! Well,... Calpurnia's parents are all a little mean to her relationship with her grandfather Captain Walter Tate. Nevertheless the book was great with its audio version the discs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,and 8.

Dec 08, 2012

I love the cover of this book, so I got it out of the library, I haven't read the whole thing yet, but what I have read I didn't really like. I don't believe in evolution, and I did not think it was about it, but Culpurnia Tate growing up. Otherwise it is pretty good.

Dec 04, 2012

A very cute book about the life of a budding naturalist in 1899. Calpurnia bonds with her intimidating grandfather and struggles with her parents' expectations for their only daughter, which are in competition with her desire to be a scientist.

Jun 28, 2012

Great book with a great character. Ending is a little abrupt but unlike anything I've read in awhile. I'm not big on science but I still enjoyed this.

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