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Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
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.
Calpurnia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 and living in Texas. She dreams of learning all about the nature that surrounds her when she is in her backyard. The bond between Calpurnia and her quirky and crabby grandfather, who is an avid naturalist, strengthens as he helps her explore the natural world around her and how it works. In a moving story told with a powerful female protagonist voice, Calpurnia navigates her new life with her six brothers while struggling to find herself and establish her place as a girl during the turn of the century. Recommended for anyone hungry for stories of empowerment, biology, nature and family. Great historical fiction for ages 9 and up.