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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by 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...

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.

Hardcover - 338 pages - in English - $17.99
ISBN: 0805088415 (ISBN13: 9780805088410)
Published May 12, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
First published 2009

requested by

Ms. Tillman (4th Grade ELAR Teacher)

at Stafford Elementary School, Stafford, TX

Here since Aug 4, 2018

Open requests - 4 Books received - 11

I feel I have a very important role in my students life. Not only is it my job to help them become literate, but to show them the greatness they have inside. when they see their own potential and abilities, they can achieve their hearts desire with effort and integrity. I like to get them excited about the present and guide their dreams for the future.

why I requested this book

Historical fiction Genre Study and classroom library

Historical fiction Genre Study and classroom library

the class

I have multi-cultural students with different levels of excellence and passion. Most of my students are in low income situations, where parents are not around...

I have multi-cultural students with different levels of excellence and passion. Most of my students are in low income situations, where parents are not around because they work several jobs, are single parents, or relatives with custody. They crave attention and recognition. Books will open the world to them.

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