©2009 Jacqueline Kelly; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was a delightful story about the love of family, nature, and life in general. I really enjoyed this story and the fun relationship between Grandfather and Granddaughter. Despite the name of the book evolution isn't use in it's typical argumentative state in this book. Rather it refers to the ever changing and evolving person we become as we grow and mature.
A nice story about the relationship between a young girl and her grandfather. I listened to this book because it was on my daughters summer reading list. Begining was a bit slow but looking back, I really enjoyed the story. and so did my daughter.
Set in turn of the century Texas, this sweet coming of age story is fun and informative. Calpurnia is the only daughter in her farm family, but she's not interested in learning how to cook or sew or be a lady. She's interested in science, and especially in Mr. Charles Darwin's new book on The Evolution of Species. She isn't allowed to check it out from the library, but then discovers her gruff old Grandfather who is always off in the woods and keeps to himself, not only has a copy of Mr. Darwin's book, but has exchanged letters with him! Calpurnia and her Grandfather traipse around the woods, observing and categorizing the many species of plants, animals and insects they encounter. As Calpurnia learns about the world around her using the scientific method, she also begins to learn about life and growing up and what her own dreams and expectations are.
Calpurnia was a spunky girl in a time when spunky was not appreciated. We enjoyed the story but it seemed to be dummied up a bit. I assume it was written for young girls. If that is the case it was well done and inspiring to young girls who would take a path less traveled.
To young female friends most certainly.
I didn't read the print version but the audio version was wonderful.
It's just a great book, on the order of The Secret Life of Bees, or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
I loved the scene where Grandfather has Calpurnia help him taste test his pecan whiskey.
I wanted to savor it and did not want it to end.
I loved this book. The relationship between an 11 year old girl and her grandfather was so sweet and endearing. For me, this book was magical. It reminded me that life is full of possibility and wonder if we have the courage to live our dreams.
It is the turn of the 20th century and 12-yr old Calpurinia Tate lives with her family on a somewhat prosperous farm in Texas. What follows is a year in the life of this curious girl, who has more interest in shadowing her botanist-loving grandfather than learning the duties of a proper young lady of that age (embroidery, knitting, cooking). This is a light-hearted read which is reminiscent of classic coming-of-age tales such as Little Women and An Old Fashioned Girl, but with an updated voice. I found this an appealing feel-good read and would recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction.
The narrator was fine... I didn't care for the sound of her voice at first (seemed strained or like a free LibriVox recording) but I became accustomed to her about halfway through.
I do listen to it over and over in the evening because it is a relaxing, good natured story with just the right amount of tension and humor. The historical and naturalist aspects are great. I can see why teachers are enthusiastic about it for their students since it encourages an interest in science. However, I'm an older adult and find it captivating. This is the best narration I've heard.
I've listened to enough samples to see she is excellent in a variety of genres.
Definitely made me laugh---frequently! There are some tight spots, but none sad enough to make me cry.
A rare find. I hope you'll have an audible version of the next Calpurnia book--with the same narrator!
I have not read it.
A girl in that time push forward to follow her dream and her wonderful mostly misunderstood grandfather who helped nurture her instinctive passion
Yes but I would leave that to each reader to find
Calpernia's story about the stereotypical traps girls have had to overcome through history and still struggle with today was moving. I hope it gives courage to those who struggle to find their "voice."
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