The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Calpurnia Tate Series, Book 1eBook - 2010
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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Calpurnia lives in 1899, a time when girls are expected to make lace and learn to keep house. Calpurnia would rather contemplate the creatures in the yard than learn how to be a proper lady. Her cantankerous grandfather takes Calpurnia under his wing to explore the inner workings of the natural w... Read More »
Set at the turn of the 20th century when girls had few options outside of becoming a housewife. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is the story of a young girl who would rather romp and study science than knit and cook dinner. Entertaining and thoughtful.
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