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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  23,447 Ratings  ·  3,875 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2009)
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May 01, 2013 Uka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reseña completa:
La Evolución de Calpurnia Tate es un libro muy especial, con unos personajes que me han enamorado. La narración, dicharachera y distendida con las palabras de una jovencísima protagonista de once años, facilitan su lectura, aunque la historia tiene su propio ritmo. Me ha encantado Calpurnia Tate, así como su inocencia, su amor incondicional por sus hermanos, su talento para la ciencia y sus ganas de rebelarse contra la estricta sociedad
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Episodes from the life of a spunky, independent 11 year old girl living in Texas in 1899. Calpurnia Virginia (Callie Vee) Tate yearns for more than the life of a debutante and housewife that she already sees her mother herding her toward. She unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in her scientifically-minded grandfather, who encourages her inquisitive character and teaches her, not just about scientific observation, but about great women scientists. The quotes from Charles Darwin at the beginning ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betsy by: Tim Jones
The spunky girl heroine. She’s an enduring character in our middle grade fiction. From 1928’s The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry to Caddie Woodlawn and Roller Skates, historical fiction and so-called tomboys go together like cereal and milk. It would be tempting then to view The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate as just one more in a long line of spunkified womenfolk. True and not true. Certainly Calpurnia chaffs against the restrictions of her time, but debut novelist Jacqueline Kelly has give ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Minli
4 1/2 stars

I think that every little girl probably has that moment of confusion, that moment when she realizes that the expectations for her will be different than those for her brothers or male friends. I actually got to witness my little girl’s a few months ago. We were driving down a busy road on a hot day, and after seeing the second or third shirtless male jogger, she asked, “why do they get to be naked?” When I told her that it was just a custom in our society that women wear shirts outdoo
Aug 17, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, let me try to be fair and share things I liked. I liked Calpurnia--her spunk,loyalty and ambition to do "great things". I liked her curiosity about the world and her courage to forge a relationship with her grandfather. In and of itself, I loved that relationship; to be "in" with a grandparent the way she "became" would be a boon and blessing to any child. However, though I thought her grandfather was likable and validated Calpurnia in important ways, his character seems to have devolved ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia tierna, sencilla y apta para todos los públicos, a pesar de estar escrita desde la perspectiva de una niña de casi doce años de edad. La prosa entrañable de Jacqueline Kelly nos guía a través de un recorrido de descubrimientos tanto dulces como amargos: el apasionante mundo de la ciencia y la investigación que llega de la mano del abuelo de Calpurnia en contraposición con las perspectivas de un futuro doméstico y los valores tradicionales de su madre.

La mirada de Calpurnia nos muest
Jul 04, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 12 and up
Recommended to Heather by: DaNae
I loved this book, but I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't think it is a life-changing book for me at this stage in my life. Perhaps it would have been when I was younger, but not now. What it did for me, however, was reaffirm that time in my life when I started to "wake up," and really realize that I--a girl--could have aspirations of my own. I had a childhood much like our heroine Calpurnia--lots of time spent outdoors with animals. I too had a mother who exposed me to the "domestic arts, ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
In1899, girls are expected to grow up to be either wives or teachers. So what is a girl like Calpurnia to do? She is much more interested in different species of grasshoppers than in tatting or cooking. She would rather spend hours with her grandfather in his shed doing experiments than learning to knit all of her six brothers socks. As the only daughter in the family, Calpurnia is expected to be ladylike, play the piano, and eventually be launched into society. Calpurnia is much more likely to ...more
Jacqueline Kelly can write, there's no doubt about it. The prose is lovely, intricate, and challenging, even for the adult reader. This is a book that will require the intended audience to digest the language and the work of art that has been developed.

That said, this story really, really did not do it for me.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate was a very slow moving story with no real problem or resolution; instead, it's a portrait of a girl growing up in small town Texas at the turn of the twenti
Učitaj se!
Aug 17, 2016 Učitaj se! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, favorites
Upoznajte Calpurniu Virginiu Tate - jedanaestogodišnju znanstvenicu koja uživa u promatranju i proučavanju svijeta oko sebe, posebno onog životinjskog. Na Calpurnijinu veliku žalost, karijera znanstvenice nije baš ono što je majka za nju zamislila u budućnosti. Jer, godina je 1899. i sve bi mlade djevojke trebale marljivo učiti kako postati savršene domaćice i pripremati se za ulazak u društvo i druženje s prikladnim mladićima, a ne tumarati uokolo s Djedom u potrazi za neobičnim kukcima i ostat ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
"My name is Calpurnia Virginia Tate, but back then everybody called me Callie Vee. That summer, I was eleven years old and the only girl out of seven children. Can you imagine a worse situation?" "That summer" is the summer of 1899 and it is a scorcher. Amid the heat and the drought though, Callie is finding out who she is. She is a born scientist. She is a little lost in the shuffle of all those brothers, but one day, desperate for an answer to a scientific question, she bravely goes out to con ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Minli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christina, and everyone else
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is such a little gem of perfection. Calpurnia--or rather, Callie Vee--lives in Texas at the turn of the 20th century, as the only girl among six brothers. While other girls are learning how to sew, cook, mend, and excel in other domestic arts, Callie would rather read Dickens and spend time with her hobby scientist grandfather.

I love this book to death. I love everything about it--the cover (classy indeed), the title (how perfect!), the writing (I wouldn't know i
Wavering between three and four stars. I liked this a lot; it was very funny in spots, and I enjoyed the setting and everyone in the family. (Monica mentioned that she couldn't keep the brothers straight until well into the book; one of the funniest moments is when the grandfather says "Which one is he?" about one of his grandsons--obviously he had the same problem.) It was maybe a bit longer than it should have been, but that didn't really bother me.

I did feel like it was occasionally insensiti
it's the summer of 1899. the sun is burning hot like a ball spouting fire, even the insects are desperately trying to get to a droplet of water by marching through the smallest cracks in the tate house. amidst all the chaos is 11-year old callie vee tate. the only girl out of seven children. the title says it all. this is her story.

callie is as witty, entertaining, caring, understandably self-conscious, vulnerable as she can be determined and blunt to the point of being insolent.
when being expl
Kristen Jorgensen
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a charming book about a girl from a well to do family in the middle of Texas during the turn of the century. For her first novel Jacqueline Kelly did a fine job of creating lovable and enduring characters. Calpurnia is witty, creative, and extremely bright. She craves knowledge and begins to form a relationship with her naturalist grandfather. Together they look through microscopes, distill pecans, and discuss Darwin along with Newton and other scientific maste ...more
Liz Janet
Aug 10, 2015 Liz Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know if I have said this before, but I do not like books based in the U.S. before the 20th century, or many other countries for that matter. And yet, this book seemed to surprise me, no matter how much I was expecting to hate it.

This historical young-adult novel follows Calpurnia, as she grows up in Texas in the summer of 1899. This was a very restricted time period for ladies, as basic human rights were practically non-existent for them. The interesting part, this self-discovery novel
By small and gradual changes are great things achieved. That’s one of the defining principles of evolution, and of Calpurnia Virginia Tate, the heroine in this novel. I finished reading her story aloud to my 11-year-old daughter last week. I suppose she’s too old for read-alouds, but I’m not telling her. Already we don’t do it every evening as we used to, which means I have the time to write reviews while she splits a gut with her father over a Netflix comedy. One of those small, gradual changes ...more
May 19, 2010 A. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. I felt like the author kept introducing characters and plot lines and then only developing them halfway. That was frustrating.

Also, I found myself irritated slightly with the the way the author portrayed the whole notion of growing up, and becoming a woman, and what it meant in those days. Calpurnia yearns to be a scientist, go to the university and do things that matter in a time when women just got married and had families. Well, I think that Calpurnia's goal
Apr 18, 2009 Alia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, favorites
Wow, I really loved this book. It's just so well written. Truth be told when I read the description it sounded a bit boring. Young naturalist learning about Darwin in Texas at the turn of the century? Eh...maybe. But the characters are so wonderful you can't help fall in love with them and the descriptions of the natural world blew me away. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

There's only one problem, while I can think of a few select girls who would love this book, I'm not sure of it's
Jul 27, 2009 Shauna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yearly-favorites
I just finished reading this book, and it was one of the most enjoyable things I have read in a long time. Jacqueline Kelly writes so beautifully about eleven-year old Calpurnia and her awakening to the world around and her place in it. This is not an adventure story and there is very little action. Ms. Kelly’s writing reflects this languor and slowness—her words are often like poetry: so perfectly chosen and evocative that they need to be read slowly to savor their impact. Besides the wonderful ...more
Andreia Silva
Com a premissa deste livro e logo nas primeiras páginas eu soube que iria adorar a história. Não é um livro com uma grande enredo, cheio de acção, de amores arrebatadores, mas é um livro sobre uma menina que nos finais do século XIX descobriu a ciência. Para quem lida com a ciência (como eu) todos os dias é uma delicia. Fala-se do Darwin, do Newton e da Marie Curie e de tudo aquilo que a ciência é e todo aquele fervilhar inerente a uma descoberta cientifica. A Calpurnia Tate quer ser cientista e ...more
Auntie Pam
Feb 23, 2014 Auntie Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: per-bambini, abc, 2014
Bello, bello, bello!!! Questo libro è stata una bella sorpresa. Vietato classificarlo solo come un libro per ragazzi: basta lasciare in secondo piano Calpurnia che vi ritoverete faccia a faccia con i classici temi di fine Ottocento: la condizione dei negri nelle piantagioni del Sud, la condizione femminile e gli obblighi della società, le nuove invezioni e le nuove scoperte di fine secolo e molto altro ancora che lascio a voi il piacere di scoprire.
Feb 26, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day and eat peaches."
One of the better Newbery honor books. Quirky, thoughtful and honest, this book is a small little gem in the MG genre.
Feb 09, 2017 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Indaguei porque é que ele não era excluído do dever de tratar dos perus e substituído por outra pessoa. (...) Convivíamos diariamente com o nascimento e morte de todo o tipo de animais, e devíamos estar já habituados a isso, ou, pelo menos, os rapazes deviam. As sensibilidades mais delicadas não tinham lugar neste esquema."
A evolução de Calpurnia (grande nome) Tate é um relato fictício na primeira pessoa do que significava ser rapariga na viragem do século 19-20.
Confesso que esta leitura foi u
First off, I've got to give a big THANK YOU to the Polish Outlander, who sent this to me for Christmas, just because she's fabulous like that. This book boasts a Newbery Honor medal, and having read it I can say it's really no surprise.  It has a lot of things going for it.  It's a great middle grade read, very fresh and fun (an accomplishment, I think, for a book set over 100 years ago), and I think Calpurnia's voice will appeal to a lot of kids, girls especially.

There's also a great wholesomen
Con la cantidad de premios que tiene, supongo que a una no le queda otra cosa que agachar la cabeza y acabar leyéndolo: Newbery Honor book (2010), ALA Notable Children’s book (2010), YALSA Best book for Young adults (2010), Chicago Public Library Best of the Best (2009), IRA Children’s book award (2010), Josette Frank Award (2010), Texas Lone Star Reading List (2010), Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List (2010-2011), Virginia M. Law Award for the most distinguished book for Young ad ...more
Aug 23, 2013 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
La evolución de Calpurnia Tate ha sido para mí un completo descubrimiento, una novela fascinante que me ha aportado muchísimo y que me arrepiento de no haber leído antes. De hecho, mi relación con esta novela se remonta cinco años atrás, cuando con doce años mi madre quiso comprármela y yo me negué, eligiendo otro libro. Sin duda, una pena que no lo leyese a la edad de Calpurnia.
La historia de la novela es una historia bonita, para descubrir y bastante sencilla. La sencillez de su trama es de lo
Apr 21, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calpurnia ist nicht so wie die anderen Mädchen ihrer Zeit. Stricken, kochen und andere häusliche Tätigkeiten sind ihr ein Greuel. Sie hat das Herz eine Abenteuerin und nichts ist für sie spannender als die Natur um sich herum zu erforschen. In ihrem Großvater findet sie einen Verbündeten, der sie unterstützt und ermuntert ihren eigenen Weg zu gehen.

Dieses bezaubernde Jugendbuch ist eines der schönsten Bücher, die ich bisher gelesen habe. Calpurnia nimmt den Leser an die Hand und lässt ihn an ihr
Questo libro l'ho trovato semplicemente meraviglioso e sarebbero addirittura superflui ulteriori commenti!
La storia risulta gradevolissima così come l'ottimo stile di scrittura, scorrevole e lineare, sia per i personaggi perfettamente delineati, le cui caratteristiche non vengono protratte per lunghe descrizioni ma appaiono sorprendentemente vivide e armonizzate a poco a poco durante l'avanzare della lettura. Inoltre le tematiche affrontate sono a dir poco interessanti e a me in particolar modo
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Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and moved with her parents to western Canada at an early age. She grew up in the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island, so you can imagine her shock some years later when her family moved to the desert of El Paso, Texas. She attended university in El Paso and medical school in Galveston (lovingly known as “Galvatraz” among the inmates). She practiced medic ...more
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