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As 11-year-old Callie Tate explores the natural world around her in 1899 Texas, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.
"A charming and inventive story of a child struggling to find her identity at the turn of the 20th century."
"Jacqueline Kelly brings to vivid life a boisterous small-town family at the dawn of a new century. And she especially shines in her depiction of the natural world that so intrigues Callie."
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This story, set in 1899 Texas, centers around 11-year-old Calpurnia ("Callie") Vee Tate whose mother is attempting, rather hopelessly, to teach her how to be a "proper lady." Far more interested in books, bugs, and dirt than sewing and cooking, Callie is inspired to study science when her grandfather presents her with a copy of THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES by Charles Darwin. Will Callie find a way to pursue life as a scientist or will her mother force her to give up her dream? Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.
Curious about the grasshoppers in her backyard in rural Texas, 11-year-old Calpurnia turns to her grandfather, an avid naturalist, for information and acquires a newfound respect for the natural world, in this coming-of-age tale set in 1899. Book available.
Editors Note 2
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
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