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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 12th 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt
Pages no: 338
Edition language: English
How could I have neglected this book so long! I have found me a new all time favourite. You have no idea how lucky you are that most of the time I was too entertained to post. I have saved quotes at the rate of one-a-chapter, and I was trying to be conservative. I read, and I kept researching thin...
I loved this book the first time I read it (approximately two or three years ago), but had no intentions to read it again any time soon. Then it was chosen for our mother-daughter book club and, after reading it aloud with my ten year old daughter, I fell completely head over heels in love with thi...
Couldn't get my children interested in the audio book and there is some language.
Appena uscito, il libro mi ha attirato per il nome "Calpurnia", perché ho subito pensato alla Calpurnia de "Il buio oltre la siepe", Harper Lee. Per un breve momento dentro di me la vocina idiota ha detto: "Nooo! Una sottospecie di spin-off con la tostissima e in gambissima Calpurnia!". Non era ovv...
Calpurnia Virginia Tate aka Callie Vee is a precocious “almost” 12 year old from a well to do family. The only daughter out of 7 children she is naturally expected to learn the domestic side of life to make herself more marriageable. Much to the consternation of her mother Callie is more of the tomb...