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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 fig. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1899 and Calpurnia Callie Virginia Tate is eleven years old The only girl of seven children she s expected to participate in lady like activities and hone the skills that will one day make her a suitable wife but Callie s interested in nature and science With a little help from her grandfather a war veteran and naturalist Callie is able to explore the natural world and imagine a future for herself that s much grander than a life spent in a kitchen making meals for her husband Callie makes for a striking protagonist Her unconventional view of the world particularly for a girl living at the turn of the century is the hallmark of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate One day I would have all the books in the world shelves and shelves of them I would live my life in a tower of books I would read all day long and eat peaches And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to let down my hair I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home At every turn Callie is torn between who she wishes to be and who others expect her to be When she attempts to do a little hard work in the field to pass the time Calpurnia is reprimanded for playing like she s a Negro When it s evident her mother is disappointed that she doesn t wish to spend hours sewing and knitting Calpurnia wonders So I didn t like to talk patterns and recipes and pour tea in the parlor Did that make me selfish Did that make me odd And when she anticipates earning money for watching two dozen babies her brother Lamar scoffs and tells her Girls don t get paid Girls can t even vote They don t get paid Girls stay home Despite the many hurdles she faces Callie remains resilient This is due in part to the presence of her granddaddy who is endlessly supportive of her interests Granddaddy told me about ways in which you could get to the truth of any matter not merely sitting around thinking about it like Aristotle a smart but confused Grecian gentleman but going and looking for your own eyes about making your Hypothesis and devising your Experiment and testing by Observation and coming to a Conclusion And testing the strength of your Conclusion over and over again Callie s story is one of determination and would stand well on its own but the addition of her blossoming relationship with her granddaddy as they explore nature together learn about one another and strive to discover a new species of plant elevates every aspect of the narrative Because of the age group of its intended audience ages 9 to 12 some aspects of the book bear mentioning First two incidences of significant violence are mentioned Battlefield wounds are described including blood shattered and amputated limbs and a detailed account of a man having his leg cut off view spoiler Then I pulled on his leg as hard as I could while the surgeon sawed and made his flap Suddenly the leg came off in my arms and I stood there cradling it as if it were a child It s a surprising thing you know how heavy a man s leg is I stood there and held it I didn t want to throw it in the pile with all the others hide spoiler

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Ers of living with six brothers and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the centuryDebut author Jacueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life capturing a year of growing up with uniue sensitivity and a wry w. The year is 1899 and Calpurnia Virginia Tate struggles with being the little lady her mother expects her to be Embroidering Sewing Cooking Whatever the hell for Instead she likes to go explore her surroundings writing down all the animals and plants she can find and learn about them from books She is encouraged by her grandfather who even has a copy of Mr Charles Darwin s book imagine that Calpurnia lives in Texas and we follow her from one hot summer until New Year s Eve of the same year We thus follow her when she meets uite an awful librarian I had one just like that in my town s library once upon a time when she has to play the piano when she has to compete with her sewing against other girls when she escapes family expectations and instead catches butterflies and dragonflies in her net or swims in the river One day I would have all the books in the world shelves and shelves of them I would live my life in a tower of books I would read all day and eat peachesWho could not love a little bookworm like herThe girl is curious and tomboyish and it was a delight Just like her grandfather who is trying to make a good whiskey out of pecan nuts Their relationship just felt so comfy and reassuring Not that the rest of her family is actually awful Oh sure there is some minor drama about some of her 6 brothers 3 younger 3 older suddenly being interested in the opposite sex or about Calpurnia being expected to come out planned hoped for by her mother and we do learn about the Civil War through the grandfather s memories and what memories those were However there is no nastiness and that was refreshingInstead the book focuses on science and the dawn of a new age important to scientific discoveries technological progress and social movements It was therefore also a nice tough that every chapter started with a uote by Charles Darwin from his most famous book and that the story apart from the occasional look at the unfairness of girls not being allowed the same things as boys is a mild adventure of a young explorer who just loves the natural world I hope she ll be allowed to go to university maybe we ll find out in the next book

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Ures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass so they are eaten before they can get any largerAs Callie explores the natural world around her she develops a close relationship with her grandfather navigates the dang. I wasn t sure what this story was going to be and it drew me in I m not sure I m giving away spoilers or not so to be safeSpoiler WarningCalpurnia is a girl coming of age in 1899 South Texas and she loves her grandfather and the nature around her She wants to be a naturalist which was a branch of science in biology Girls at that time weren t thought of as having a future being a scientist Callie doesn t want to be like the other girls she doesn t care about dresses dances dating or learning to cook and sew She wants to look for plants with her grandfather She does learn that there were a few woman like Marie Curie that were scientist and she finally figures out that is what she wants to doShe is given the book by Charles Darwin Origin of the species and she reads that She loves it She clashes with her mother who wants her to come out to society and to find a husband and a family as she is the only daughter of 7 childrenThere is a lot that happens but the book does not answer the uestion what Callie will do Will she tell her family or not We don t know There is a second story That really irks me I can t believe she left this hanging until the next book What is she going to do Will her mother let her be a scientist or not I want to know I guess I have to read the next bookI loved everything to do with nature and how it was dealt with Calpurnia was a wonderful character and since I m talking about spoilers I loved the ending when it snowedThis is an excellent coming of age story set in the past dealing with a love of the world It was warm and I enjoyed spending time with Callie There are some interesting facts about species in here I love those kinds of tidbits in a story


10 thoughts on “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

  1. says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1899 and Calpurnia Callie Virginia Tate is eleven years old The only girl of seven children she’s expected to participate in lady like activities and hone the skills that will one day make her a suitable wife but Callie

  2. says:

    375 stars This book is basically a series of vignettes from a six month period in the life of a spunky independent 11 year old girl living in Texas in 1899 Calpurnia Virginia Callie Vee Tate yearns for than the life of a debutante and housewi

  3. says:

    The spunky girl heroine She’s an enduring character in our middle grade fiction From 1928’s The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry to Caddie Woodlawn and Roller Skates historical fiction and so called tom

  4. says:

    First let me try to be fair and share things I liked I liked Calpurnia her spunkloyalty and ambition to do great things I liked her curiosity about the world and her courage to forge a relationship with her grandfather In and of itself I love

  5. says:

    4 12 starsI think that every little girl probably has that moment of confusion that moment when she realizes that the expe

  6. says:

    I wasn't sure what this story was going to be and it drew me in I'm not sure I'm giving away spoilers or not so to be safeSpoiler WarningCalpurnia is a girl coming of age in 1899 South Texas and she loves her grandfather and the nature around her She wants to be a naturalist which was a branch of science in biology Girls at that time weren't thought of as having a future being a scientist Callie doesn't want

  7. says:

    Audiobook narrated by Natalie Ross 9h 1 m It didn't take me too long to fall under the spell of the spunky title character Calpurnia Tate is a dreamer and when she becomes interested in the natural world around her a whole new education begins Much to the utter dismay of her parents who wish their only daughter would bend her mind to domestic pursuits such as cooking and sewing Only Calpurnia's grandfather sees the rising potenti

  8. says:

    The year is 1899 and Calpurnia Virginia Tate struggles with being the little lady her mother expects her to be Embroidering? Sewing? Cooking? Whatever the hell for? Instead she likes to go explore her surroundings writing down all the animals and plants she can find and learn about them from books She is encouraged by her grandfath

  9. says:

    Jacueline Kelly can write there's no doubt about it The prose is lovely intricate and challenging even for the adult reader This is

  10. says:

    I loved this book but I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't think it is a life changing book for me at this stage in my