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Who Gives a Hoot?

(Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  34 reviews
From Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Kelly comes a third title in her illustrated chapter book series for younger readers featuring the beloved characters from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

Out in their boat exploring the San Marcos River, Callie and Granddaddy see all kinds of nature--fish, mockingbirds, ammonites, and more. But when Callie spots an owl in the water, sh
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Henry Holt & Company
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I love how a science-based mystery is solved in this one. But not enough Travis.
Jun 09, 2019 added it
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Calpurnia Tate Girl Vet series. This book is written for ages seven through twelve. Callie and Granddaddy do a little boat exploring on the San Marcos River and find some interesting items. They spot an owl in the water and use a net to get it out. This is where the mystery comes in. Enjoyable reading with nice illustrations. I received this book compliments of Goodreads Giveaways for an honest review.
Joan Marie
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This speaks to my inner child who loves nature, who has a natural curiosity about the world around her, who has a scientific mind that needs to know more and to find answers to WHYs and HOWs, and has a compassion for little critters needing help. Thumbs up.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great transitional novel in the Calpurnia Tate series. In this book, Calpurnia rehabilitates an owl. While I like the series and enjoy the Girl Vet subsidies for young readers, I hope for another longer Calpurnia novel in the future.
Faith Hough
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loving this series, and Callie is such a super role model. I highly recommend these books for new readers ready to take on a slight challenge.
I missed Travis in this one, though!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-with-luci
2.5 stars.

I read “Who Gives A Hoot” with my 5 year old. The book has a simple sweet story with an endearing protagonist and despite the vocabulary being above her head at times, my daughter enjoyed it and asked to read more of Calpurnia’s adventures. We recently read the Zoey and Sassafras book Marshmallows and Dragons, which is also about a young girl who nurses an animal back to health and learns about science along the way, and it is hard for me not to compare the two. I liked the voice of C
As I’ve been making my way through these chapter books based on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate but intended for a younger audience, I’ve been impressed by the sureness with which the author depicts rural Texas in the early 1900s. Life was very different then, of course, and the roles of females were far more restricted than they are today. In this third installment featuring Calpurnia, who dreams of becoming a veterinarian, she and her beloved grandfather find an owl in the river while they are ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I had read Skunked as a read-aloud to my 4 year old months ago, and he still asks why the skunk sprayed the schoolhouse, so I thought he might enjoy this next installation in the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series. He loves animals and loves science, and I'm really trying to introduce positive, strong girl characters for him before he gets infected by the pervasive idea that books about girls are only for girls, so on paper this book is perfect. But it fell pretty flat for both of us.

On the positiv
Abby Jones
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun early reader for the girl in your life who loves animals. Calpurnia Tate is a curious girl with a love for science and animals. Her Grandfather takes her in hand to teach her about the natural world. The writing is wonderfully fun with just enough new things to challenge your young reader, but all explained so as not to bog down the story. Calpurnia lives in Texas, so there is an extra bit of love there. I also enjoyed her willingness to touch gross things to get the job done. I would have ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Kelly, Jacqueline Who Gives a Hoot? 106 pgs. Henry Holt and Company (Macmillan), 2017. $15.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Calpurnia Tate and her grandfather are looking for dinosaur bones. While rowing on the river, suddenly an owl drops into the water right in front of them. Owls don’t swim or dive for their food, so this is strange. Rescuing the owl in a butterfly net, they take the sopping bird to the vet. Nothing seems physically wrong with it, so Calpurnia takes it home f
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Calpurnia Tate and her grandfather are looking for dinosaur bones. While rowing on the river, suddenly an owl drops into the water right in front of them. Owls don’t swim or dive for their food, so this is strange. Rescuing the owl in a butterfly net, they take the sopping bird to the vet. Nothing seems physically wrong with it, so Calpurnia takes it home for a few days to make it’s well before releasing it, but what caused the owl to fall from the sky in the first place?

Book 3 in the Calpurnia
So. I wanted to love this as much as I loved the first two Calpurnia Tate books. They never found juvenile readers at my school but the adults that I convinced to read it loved it. And historical fic just never has been a big draw beyond I Survived and, lately, the Ranger in Time books.

This one ... well, the “bloodthirsty Comanche” mention is not necessary. Plus the hired man’s stilted English. And the kids that would be reading this (fairly simple beginning chapter book) wouldn’t really enjoy o
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve really enjoyed these series and think it’s a great way of engaging kiddos with nature. However,
I’ve two serious complaints with this latest installment. Early on in the book “the bloodthirsty Comanche” are mentioned, it also mentions how they’re moved to a reservation. Why is this present in the book if there isn’t going to be any respectful conversation or point. Same thing by mentioning the Civil War. These two topics could have been covered with care and respect but felt like side points
Denice Hein
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
A nice tale of a girl wanting to be educated and more than her status will allow in 1901. I liked the text type and illustrations for a beginning chapter book. However I felt let down by the historical reference to 'bloodthirsty Comanche'. I hope for something in the story to counter act the negative stereotypical view but never found it. The Mexican broken English bad grammar speaking farm hand was also a disappointment that won't be presented in my school library.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
What a great little chapter book! If I was still teaching, this would neatly tie science, language arts, geography, and history all together in an easy to read, fascinating book. Calpurnia Tate is a likable, lively main character and it was a pleasure to read and review this Goodreads giveaway! (And now I'll send it on to one of my teacher friends.)
Jim Sibigtroth
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This should make a pretty good read-aloud book for 2nd graders. It is relatively short so it can be read in 3 20-minute sessions. I previously read Skunked!...(book 1 of this series) to 6 classes of 2nd graders and they all loved it.

This book had a few nice bits of science.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series. The books are incredibly fast reads, but I still enjoy the time spent with them. I very much want to share these with my son, but they are still a bit vocab heavy, so we'll probably need to read them aloud for now. Looking forward to more in the series.
Calpurnia and her grandfather find an owl about to drown in the river and help to save its life. That part of the story is good - but I’d like to know if they ever schedule a trip to visit family in Colorado, the excuse to search for dinosaur fossils.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just love Calpurnia!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Another charming story about Calpurnia Tate. Keep them coming Jacqueline Kelly!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these books. Seriously love them.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Review by H.D. : "A cute book. Kinda gross but can be advised for someone who likes owls." (3.5 stars)
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Read-aloud for the 8yo. The book is just okay.
Erica Flory
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I chose five stars because I like owls and most girls in books are afraid of wild animals but Calpurnia Tate isn't. That's what I like about her. " -- review by Bernadette, age 7
lola Franco
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet story for young readers.
Susan Morris
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Very enjoyable, beginning chapter book about a young girl in Texas in 1901. I’ll be ordering these for my school library. Good for science & animal lovers. (Library) ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just love the characters created by Kelly. So happy to read more tales about Cal's adventures with Grandfather.
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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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