The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

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Macmillan, May 12, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
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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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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

Newbery Honor this year. I enjoyed this one a lot. I was dubious at first, for whatever reason, but ended up enjoying Callie Vee and Granddaddy a lot. I’m always happy when books do siblings well, and this one certainly did. I didn’t totally love it, but I can see why many people did. [Feb. 2010] Read full review

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User Review  - CHudson - Borders

The summer of Calpurnia Virginia Tate’s 11th birthday was a hot one. Everyone in her large family suffered from the heat in their Fentress, Texas home, but as Calpurnia was the only girl in a family ... Read full review

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Contents

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
1
THE MEASURE OF THE MORNING
22
THE POSSUM WARS
36
VIOLA
49
DISTILLATIONS
54
MUSIC LESSONS
62
HARRY GETS A GIRLFRIEND
73
MICROSCOPY
94
THE TELEPHONE COMES
203
HOME ECONOMIES
210
COOKING LESSONS
223
A DISTILLERY SUCCESS OF SORTS
230
THE BIG BIRTHDAY
235
THE REPRODUCTIVE IMPERATIVE
247
THANKSGIVING
259
THE FENTRESS FAIR
274

PETEY
112
LULA STIRS UP TROUBLE BUT DOESNT MEAN TO
131
KNITTING LESSONS
152
A SCIENTIFIC STUDY
172
A SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE
182
THE SHORT HOE
188
A SEA OF COTTON
197
HARRY WOOS AGAIN
291
CHRISTMAS EVE
297
WORD COMES
307
NEW YEARS EVE
327
1900
334
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
339
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Jacqueline Kelly won the Newbery Honor for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, her first book. She was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada, in the dense rainforests of Vancouver Island. Her family then moved to El Paso, Texas, and Kelly attended college in El Paso, then went on to medical school in Galveston. After practicing medicine for many years, she went to law school at the University of Texas, and after several years of law practice, realized she wanted to write fiction. Her first story was published in the Mississippi Review in 2001. She now makes her home with her husband and various cats and dogs in Austin and Fentress, Texas.

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