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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Paperback – January 4, 2011
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"The nest was the most intricately constructed thing, like something built by the fairies in my childhood tales. I almost said so aloud but caught myself in time. Members of the scientific community did not say such things."
I'm a sucker for intergenerational tales and Calpurnia and her grandfather are my new favorite pair. He might be the teacher figure, but he learns as much from his granddaughter as she from him. It's fun watching his enthusiasm with the new technologies like the telephone (just one in town but it creates quite a stir) and his lusting after an automobile. The large family and assorted other secondary characters are delightfully realized. Each chapter starts with a quote from Darwin that complements the evolution of the Tate family. Callie Vee and grandpa make me think I should start carrying a scientific notebook everywhere with me, and spend a little more time with my nose out of a book and looking carefully at the wonders around me.
You can read the rest of Lynn Rutan's and my review on our children's lit blog at [...] (use the search box at the top of the page to search "Calpurnia" to get right to the review)
It's 1899 and eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate is the sole and single girl child in a family full of six brothers. She is generally ignored until one day she asks her grandfather a question: Where did the huge yellow grasshoppers that appeared during the unusually hot summer come from? Grandfather, an imposing figure the children usually avoid, merely says that he's sure she'll figure it out on her own. Only when she does exactly that does he begin to take an interest in her. Before long Calpurnia finds herself a naturalist in the making. Grandfather teaches her about evolution and the natural world, which is wonderful, but it's really not the kind of thing a girl of her age and era would learn. Between adventures involving her brothers, her friends, and a whole new species of plant, Calpurnia must come to terms with what she is and what the world expects her to be. Ms.Read more ›
It is a well-written, interesting, good story but didn't blow me away as it seems to have other reviewers. Maybe in a couple of years when my kids are older I'll feel differently--for now, we're loving The Penderwicks and Ruby Lavender.
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Callie Vee isn't your typical 19th century young lady. Her embroidery lacks finesse. Her kitchen skills, a failure. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Mandy
I used this book while teaching a book club class with middle schoolers. The children read a variety of books built around a scientific theme. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Delightful characters, great description of turn-of-the-century Texas, fun storyline.Published 8 days ago by Lyn Thompson
I used this book while teaching a book club class with middle schoolers. The children read a variety of books built around a scientific theme. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Liat2768
Great story and character development! The relationship between grandfather and the young girl is a treasure! A book that makes one feel like anything is possible.Published 26 days ago by Cindy J Holloway