The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

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.


Cheryl FinnanPosted February 25, 2011

Set in a sweltering hot, small Texas town during the second half of 1899 at the dawning of a new century, this is the story of Calpurnia Tate, or Callie Vee to most everyone who knows her. She is a girl aged 11¾, or she would say, 12 in all p...

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Allison HolbrookPosted June 6, 2011

Calpurnia Tate is a curious and inquisitive girl in a rural Texas family full of brothers growing up in 1899.  Spying a different type of grasshopper, she starts making observations and asking questions about animals and bugs that she can't...

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