The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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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
THE MEASURE OF THE MORNING
THE POSSUM WARS
HARRY GETS A GIRLFRIEND
THE TELEPHONE COMES
A DISTILLERY SUCCESS OF SORTS
THE BIG BIRTHDAY
THE REPRODUCTIVE IMPERATIVE
THE FENTRESS FAIR
LULA STIRS UP TROUBLE BUT DOESNT MEAN TO
A SCIENTIFIC STUDY
A SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE
THE SHORT HOE
A SEA OF COTTON
HARRY WOOS AGAIN
NEW YEARS EVE