The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Prebound)

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The year: 1899. The subject: Calpurnia Virginia Tate, or Callie V as
she is known to friends and family.
Callie isn't like other girls her age living in Texas. She's not
interested in dolls, teas, dresses or anything girly for that matter.
What she does love is science, which is something of an oddity for a
girl in 1899.
Callie has no one to share her love of science with as her mom, dad and
four brothers all want her to be like all the other girls. After a
chance encounter, she discovers that her grandfather is a "naturalist"
or as we call them today, scientist. This man, who she was always
afraid of before, begins her true education. They have daily adventures
and Callie has assignments she has to complete for her grandfather.
This story is a wonderful, classic tale for girls of all ages which
reminds us of how important it is to pursue what you love, no matter
what anyone says

— Bess

Summer 2009 Kids' List

“Intrigued by the different grasshoppers in her backyard, 11-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate finds herself suddenly enthralled by the natural world -- a fascination that unexpectedly leads to a new bond with her famously reclusive grandfather. Voracious in her newfound love of science, Callie launches herself on a summer of exploration, which leads to many new discoveries, not least of which is what it means to be a girl in love with science in Texas in 1899.”
— Meghan Dietsche Goel, Book People, Austin, TX


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781606868492
ISBN-10: 1606868497
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: January 4th, 2011
Pages: 340
Language: English


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