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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate | [Jacqueline Kelly]

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!
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The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

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.

©2009 Jacqueline Kelly; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    MummyCooke USA 09-29-10
    MummyCooke USA 09-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    09-22-10
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    "The Evolution of Capurnia Tate"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Mukilteo, WA, United States 03-13-12
    Julie Mukilteo, WA, United States 03-13-12

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    "A Lovely Coming of Age Story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roadrambler USA 11-04-12
    Roadrambler USA 11-04-12 Member Since 2001

    "Roadrambler"

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    "Is this on a kids list?"
    What did you love best about The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to your friends? Why or why not?

    To young female friends most certainly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 07-02-12
    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    book lover

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    "Charming, endearing, loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the audio version was wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to and why?

    It's just a great book, on the order of The Secret Life of Bees, or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Grandfather has Calpurnia help him taste test his pecan whiskey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to savor it and did not want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tee Bellflower Atlanta, GA 06-07-12
    Tee Bellflower Atlanta, GA 06-07-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Light-Hearted Historical YA Fiction"

    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.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    A very enjoyable story of young Calpurnia at the end of the 19th century as she comes of age outside of Austin, TX. Her granddaddy has a profound influence on her, encouraging her to question, think and explore to define her own world.

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    William CROSSVILLE, TN, United States 05-28-12
    William CROSSVILLE, TN, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Callie V"
    What did you love best about The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate?

    The development of an unusual interest in a pre-teen girl in an earlier age.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The formal recognition of the grandfather and granddaughter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Growing up in south Texas.


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    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 05-17-12
    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    an interplay between an adolescent girl, and her family at the turn of the 20th century.

    Story left me cold, and story never went anywhere.

    Well written, however.

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    Diana Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-07-12
    Diana Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Book for Girls of all Ages"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would recommend this book to anyone with a daughter. The story of Calpurnia and her relationship with her grandfather is central to to story. However, her place in her entire family can be very familar to readers. At times, Calpurnia is lost in the shuffle with three younger brothers and three older brothers, but it is her special relationship with her grandfather that profoundly shapes her life.


    What other book might you compare The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to and why?

    Where the Mountains Meet the Moon


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Calpurnia


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No. We did not want to rush through the story but stop and talk about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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