The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate

ISBN-10: 031265930X
ISBN-13: 9780312659301
Author: Kelly, Jacqueline
Interest Level: 5-8
Publisher: Square Fish

Publication Date: January 2011

Copyright: 2011

Page Count: 368

Series: Calpurnia Tate

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Interest Level

Grades 5-8

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Y
Lexile: 830L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 12.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / General

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Medieval

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.
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Readers meet Calpurnia Virginia Tate, commonly known as Callie Vee. Callie is a spunky 11-year-old living in an affluent family in Texas in 1899. She spends most of her time pondering child-like questions about her world. As the only girl out of seven children, she asks, “Can you imagine a worse situation?” Callie has an innate interest in the natural world. She develops a method to conjure up worms for fishing from the dry, Texas dirt … which she then sells to her younger brother for a penny a piece! As luck would have it, Callie’s grandfather, an avid naturalist, lives with her family. He is a very private, distant old man, yet Callie manages to form a bond with him. Grandfather encourages Callie’s curiosities and in time becomes her best companion, scientific collaborator, and teacher. Callie soon begins to realize the difficulties she faces as a girl interested in Science at the turn of the century, but this does not stop her from hoping for change!