The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
ISBN: 031265930X
EAN13: 9780312659301
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 4, 2011
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 0.88" H x 7.75" L x 5.25" W
Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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, navigates the 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.

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   Natural Selection
Whether you are 8 or 80 or somewhere in between, I urge you to read this book. The evolution in the title refers to her wealthy, cantankerous relationship with her special, scientific-based grandfather, a friend of Charles Darwin. The internal evolution of Calpurnia, the other struggle she faces as a single daughter in a family of six, boisterous sons, reminds us that girls were still destined at that time to be wives and mothers. College will be denied her even though Calpurnia longs for a higher education and the family has the means to send her.
 
5
   Calpurnia finds herself in one amazing adventure packed summer
The evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a industrial story of a 12-year-old girl in Texas at the turn of the century and the head of the refreshing age. Her life is filled with avoiding her mother's handy work projects, hiding from her 6 brothers and going on a short scientific expedition with her grandfather to the nearby river. Calpurnia finds herself in an amazing summer with her grandfather by her side and a couple of brothers in tow. The curious mind of Calpurnia is constantly causing her in trouble, just like me. I can 't count how many times my own actions have put me in trouble. When I finish the book, I want to read it again and pick it up again. I identify so deeply with Calpurnia, it's like my sister-in-law, like she is in a book.
 
5
   Fantastic for Book Clubs
A historical figure, a wonderful example of strong, independent main fiction. Check out my Book Club Guide [...].
 
5
   I love Calpurnia
I feel it places a positive girt in a very young light. Young role model for positive people.
 
4
   Heartwarming
I would visit my great grandmother in the summers in Texas, so I found myself caught in the story immediately. The whole book enjoyed thoroughly. The character development was excellent and I love the story.
 
5
   For smart girls
Calpurnia does not fit in with the expected roles for girls and women of her day, and finds happiness in researching with her grandfather. I found it rather delightful ''.
 
5
   The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
This book was inspiring, hopeeful, great,awesome, extraordinary, inspired by great things, and the most extraordinary book I ever read.
 
5
   Really liked this, fun to consider different eras
The story is fun. Book 2 really loses focus, lacks character development and isn 't anywhere as good, but you can read the first book as a standalone and it isn 't a problem.
 
5
   Such an adventure
I had read this book while looking for some others for my granddaughter. It had such a good review, though I would read it as well. She loved it! It reminded me of a childhood looking for the wonder of the little things and dreams of bigger adventures. I would recommend this book for any person who enjoys learning about nature, some turn of the 20th century history and the joys complexities of a family and the discovery of a very special relationship.
 
5
   Nice book
I bought this book to read to my three-and-a-half-year-old, but is probably a little older child for a little bit longer. It is a very interesting story and one that I think young girls would be interested in, although some of the language is a bit dated and even I have to skip some words because I have no idea what they mean or have to guess due to context, and sometimes I have to make things up for my child. I think it has a strong message and goes a long way to immerse the reader in time. My child was completely confused as to why they didn 't have electricity! That's something that can bring your child into a more meaningful discussion about how times have changed. And also how many things have stayed consistent. It is a good read.
 
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