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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

(Calpurnia Tate #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,687 ratings  ·  677 reviews
Callie Vee, Travis, Granddaddy, and the whole Tate clan are back in this charming follow-up to Newbery Honor–winner The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

Callie’s younger brother Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the animals—Travis included—away from her mother’s critical eye.

When a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting vet
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company (first published May 1st 2015)
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Joan Enders I asked the same. She switched to the "Girl Vet" series. I think there are 4.…moreI asked the same. She switched to the "Girl Vet" series. I think there are 4.(less)
George It is indeed a continuation. It starts right after the surprising New Year's snowfall that ends the first book.…moreIt is indeed a continuation. It starts right after the surprising New Year's snowfall that ends the first book.(less)

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Wendy Darling
High Plains Library District
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, jan
Oh, Calpurnia Virginia Tate! If you were my daughter, I would tell you that I admire your spunk and tenacity to stand up and fight for what is right. I would tell you that I love how you love your little brother, Travis, and how you try to protect and teach him about the way life is…sometimes with disastrous or hilarious outcomes. I would tell you how proud I am of your fight to learn, learn, learn and not to become a persnickety, swooning woman only interested in stitching and playing the piano ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is the sequel to the book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate was a book I absolutely adored so I was incredibly excited to hear that a sequel was coming out. However, I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first just didn’t have much of a point to it.

Travis, Calpurnia’s younger brother, keeps bringing home strays. Whether it’s stray rabbits, stray armadillos, or stray half coyote pups Callie is having a heck of a time hiding all the animals
Imagine a girl who perfectly embodies the spirit of inquisitive youth; a precocious girl who could simultaneously be your little sister or your childhood best friend – That girl is Calpurnia Tate.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly first came to my attention in 2009 when every single book industry person I knew systematically told me how charming and lovely a book it was (and is). I read the book and completely agreed with everything that I had heard. Calpurnia is a charming narr
Roger Neyman
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What a wonderful book! If you haven't already read the first in this (apparently) series, please do yourself a favor and read both of them.

Though it takes place at the turn of the twentieth century, the issues are relevant today. Add to that that the characterizations are delightful and the storytelling style wry and imaginative, and you have a recipe for many delightful hours immersed in Calpuria's struggles and triumphs.

I predict these books will long be regarded as classics of American lite
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and was very excited to hear there was a sequel. I devoured this book in just a couple of days and enjoyed every minute of it. While it didn't hold up quite as well as Evolution, it was still a really great story. I just love Calpurnia as a character. She is so smart and spunky. I wish that the rest of her family could see that!

I loved to see more of the brother and sister dynamic with Calpurnia and Travis, and I loved seeing Calpurnia come into her own a
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Callie Vee is continuing her exploration of the natural world. When she observes a seagull on her front porch hundreds of miles from the ocean, her grandfather sounds the warning to the coast. The huge hurricane, brings more changes to her life as her father goes off to help the survivors.

Why I started this book: I love the narration of the first, the gentle pace and story and above all Calpurnia's curiousity and love of learning.

Why I finished it: Same great ingredients from the first book! I r
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first in this series, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. It was a fabulous book loaded with science and feminist (definitely not man- hating) messages.

But the sequel wasn't the same. It still had science, but the feminist aspect of the plot ( which was more pronounced) was just left dangling. Plus, Kelly clearly had teachers telling her how much they loved to use her book in their classes, so this time she included diagrams, and, coincidentally, the experiments only used mater
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I was a great fan of Kelly's first book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. I wasn't alone, it won a ton of awards including a Newbery honor. Which, I guess, means that this book came to pass, even as mediocre as it was. I couldn't find a plot thread to save my life, the entire book seemed to be episodic and rambling. Kelley also kept dropping broad hints as that other things would come to pass in a very "Duh, duh DUMMMMMM!!!!" way that set my teeth on edge, especially
Meredith Henning
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I might like this one better than the first, I am SO hoping there's s third ...more
Heather Moore
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2020
4.5 stars rounded down. I appreciated that this story moved at a faster clip than the first, and the introduction of cousin Aggie helped to develop Calpurnia’s character but I found myself continually annoyed with Calpurnia’s family for staying stuck as she continued to grow.
Astrid Lim
3.5 stars!

As always, love Calpurnia's stories and adventures. Her thirst of knowledge, love of nature - all so endearing and adorable. Also her struggle to live as a girl in Texas's 1900s, when the expectations were so much different than today.

In the beginning, the story is a bit too slow, but it caught up alright in the middle until the end. I do hope we will hear more about Calpurnia again :)
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book, and this one was just as good. Charming and interesting, I felt like I learned a lot, cringed some, gasped a few times and even laughed out loud. And thanks to the silhouetted cat on the front I can check this off my book challenge for this year as the "book with a cat on the cover." Perfect book for a budding scientist, girl or boy, and a good family read aloud. ...more
Every bit as enjoyable and engrossing as the first book of Calpurnia's adventures. Once again Jacqueline Kelly's writing is studded with rich vocabulary but flows with so much ease that you can sink right into it and float there for days. Each time I put this book down I hankered to pick it up again. Calpurnia's spunk and determination make her a joy to watch and a great source for empowerment. Pet lovers will find an especially keen entry point into this story, and history lovers will rejoice! ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
I just love Calpurnia Tate. She's smart, kind and determined and there is no better role model for young girls. You could read this book as a stand alone, but I think there is little chance that you could resist reading both. Her love of science and nature continue in this story, but she's not working as closely with Grandfather as much and instead takes interest in a new vet that moves to town. She continues to question her future and how being a girl plays into that. The ending events felt a l ...more
This one I liked just a little less than the first one but oh, it was good. I really liked Callie from the first book and this book just solidified my love of her. She is strong and smart and her starting to realize in this book that she doesn't get treated the same as her brothers because she is a girl hurt. I want a third book but I'm afraid that Callie, who got the scientific brains that none of her six brothers got, will wind up being exactly who her parents want her to be in book three- a w ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love when a sequel lives up to the original--this one is just as good as the first! Like The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, this sequel follows Callie as she deals with her brothers, science, and the unfair rules that govern women in the early 1900s. We meet some new characters and see Callie start to speak up for herself and her desire to go to college (still not as much as I would like, but a hundred years ago was a much different time, particularly for a girl). Lots of science (I've learned a ...more
Barb Middleton
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: being-different, stem
Jacqueline Kelly is a good writer whose mastery of craft and words make compelling stories. This story gives so many scientific facts that the character development got a bit lost in the shuffle. If you love science then the pacing might not be slow for you, as it was for me. After plunging through several recent books that house the nerdy science girl, I am a bit tired of the STEM character-type, such as "The Thing About Jellyfish" and "Chasing Secrets" - to name a few. ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A bit choppy and the ending's a bit abrupt but Calpurnia is a delight. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It carried on from just after The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate finished and managed to sustain and develop the atmosphere of family life and of Cally's relationship with her Grandfather, parents and brothers. In particular, she become closer to Travis, whose love of all waifs and strays needs her support.
Her scientific education continues and progresses into dissection and anaesthesia training. She becomes more frustrated by her parents' lack of encouragement and of th
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Calpurnia Virginia Tate is still rescuing little brother Travis and dealing with mandated piano practice and mandated cooking and sewing lessons when all she wants to do is observe and do scientific experiments with her grandfather in this second novel which starts out in the year 1900. Being the only girl (and the middle child) of seven children, she is constantly running up against what's expected of girls during those times, which is to be a housewife, and a girl just doesn't rate the respect ...more
Alex Templeton
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg
I gave a lukewarm review to this book's predecessor, and I wonder if I would change that if I read it again. I enjoyed this book very much. I love the voice of the protagonist, who loves science and rejects her turn-of-the-twentieth-century society's idea of proper womanhood. (My favorite line, paraphrased, minor spoiler: "Did she care about how her brother felt about her revenge on him for stealing her money? She did not." Definitely recommended for fellow nerdy girls - I'll almost certainly be ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel!!! I enjoyed growth in all the characters and the introduction of Aggie; and I obviously enjoyed seeing Aggie and Callie Vee’s friendship bloom. I’m not sure if there is a third book, but I would really like to read one considering Callie Vee’s family still hasn’t accepted her dream to be a scientist and not a “regular” traditional girl.
Laura Floyd
Charming, as was the first book. I really enjoyed seeing more of Travis, and I liked where the plot with Aggie went. A sweet story about the importance of not judging based on appearance, and of the value of science.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, ya, 2017
an utter delight. more a series of little vignettes than an actual story, but a perfect follow up to the first. this is the modem Little House on the Prairie, with lots of feminist touches and educational tidbits too. all young girls should read these books!
Joan Enders
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it even better than the first novel. Will there be a third?
Jenna Cantino
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcba-18-19
-2 stars for dogs being drowned and shot at.
Sorry but not sorry.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even more than the first one, partly because I like the emerging relationship between Callie and her brother Travis, who is softer-hearted yet equally animal-minded, and hence an extremely endearing and loyal sidekick. Also, this installation brings up natural disaster (hurricane devastating Galveston) and anti-Semitism (an arrogant cousin scoffs at the Jewish vet), so some darker forces are encroaching on the idyllic family manse. I loved the through-lines (Travis's search for ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would like to say, I think this could have been a good book. I enjoyed The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate immensely, and I think that one could do plenty more with the characters and concepts...just not quite like this.

I completely understand that readers would want to hear more about Calpurnia and her family; as a matter of fact, I would too. The time, the place, the people, they were so compelling and unique. However, I think that at least for me, more of the book's charm came from Calpurnia's
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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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“Yo pregunté con impaciencia:
—¿Qué es esta cosa?
Él levantó la vista, más bien sorprendido. ¿Por qué? ¿Se suponía que debía quedarme ahí en plan decorativo? ¿Por qué no aprovechar la ocasión para aprender algo nuevo? El abuelo me decía siempre que la vida está llena de ocasiones para aprender y que uno debía tratar de captar todo lo que pudiera de un experto en un campo concreto, daba igual cual fuese.”
“Eww," he said. I almost said the same thing, but unlike my brother, I had been annealed in the furnace of Scientific Thought. Scientists do not say such things aloud (although we may think them from time to time).” 1 likes
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