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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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    stephanie sandler 09-22-10 Listener Since 2010
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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 Bentonville, AR United States 03-13-12
    Julie Bentonville, AR United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2014

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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 Listener Since 2000

    "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

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nan 05-20-15
    Nan 05-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Delightful story and narration"
    Would you listen to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Calpurnia


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to enough samples to see she is excellent in a variety of genres.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely made me laugh---frequently! There are some tight spots, but none sad enough to make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    A rare find. I hope you'll have an audible version of the next Calpurnia book--with the same narrator!

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    Cathy 05-10-15
    Cathy 05-10-15
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    "Loved listening to this girl evolve in that time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to be better than the print version?

    I have not read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A girl in that time push forward to follow her dream and her wonderful mostly misunderstood grandfather who helped nurture her instinctive passion


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I would leave that to each reader to find


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 03-21-15
    Julie 03-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A great coming of age story for girls..."

    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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    Maureen Denyszyn Tacoma, WA 02-04-15
    Maureen Denyszyn Tacoma, WA 02-04-15
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    This is just awesome. Overall very child friendly but does have some curse words. The evolution of calpurnia Tate
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