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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

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ISBN13: 9780312659301
ISBN10: 031265930x
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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.

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Kelly's highly acclaimed Newbery Honor-winning story about a charming young naturalist determined to prove that girls can be more than homemakers in the year 1899.

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The summer of 1899 is hot in Calpurnia’s sleepy Texas town, and there aren’t a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine, but instead, Callie’s contemplating cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She’s also spending a lot of time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. But just when Callie and her grandfather are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie’s situation catches up with her. She’s a girl at the turn of the century, expected to cook and clean and sew. What a waste of time! Will Callie ever find a way to take control of her own destiny?

About the Author

JACQUELINE KELLY was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada. She now makes her home with her husband and various cats and dogs in Austin and Fentress, Texas. She is a practicing physician. This is her first novel.

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Beverly B, August 20, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Calpurnia Tate is a fascinating character who engagingly illustrates social norms for "proper" upper-middle class girls at the turn of the century. She is being pressured by her mother to learn to play the piano, sing, plan dinner parties, and cross-stitch. The skills that will be expected of her when she enters the adult world. All Calpurnia wants to do is explore nature and learn about natural science from her grandfather. The story also does a great job of showing how suspicious of science most of the country was at the turn of the century.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312659301
Author:
Kelly, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.19 in
Age Level:
09-12

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The summer of 1899 is hot in Calpurnia’s sleepy Texas town, and there aren’t a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine, but instead, Callie’s contemplating cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She’s also spending a lot of time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. But just when Callie and her grandfather are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie’s situation catches up with her. She’s a girl at the turn of the century, expected to cook and clean and sew. What a waste of time! Will Callie ever find a way to take control of her own destiny?
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