The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

30 Jan

We have just finished listening to “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate”

and I had to share it because

we LOVED this story.

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“The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” is about a girl called Calpurnia (or Callie for short), who lives in the south, in the late 1800s.

Yes Darwin and his “Origin of Species” do get quite a mention but it’s appropriate in the setting and time period.

You see, Calpurnia’s grandfather introduces her to Science and the wonders of the world around her.

(After hearing this story, you just want to dash outside with a butterfly net and a nature journal!

However, Calpurnia’s mother will probably call you back inside to finish your tatting or sock knitting.

Heaven help my family if I have to knit them socks!)

So, yes, the story also highlights the gender roles of women at that time.

But mostly “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” is about relationships and growth –

Calpurnia’s changing relationship with her family and the expansion of her world.

Oh we laughed during this story and we felt torn for poor Calpurnia.

On one hand, I wanted her to pursue Science, but, on the other, I believe strongly in women being at home.

It’s a tricky one and a great discussion starter.

There are lots of interesting points of conversation in this book.

The language Jacqueline Kelly uses to weave her story was beautiful…well mostly.

I’ll warn you now that Grandfather should be reminded of his language in front of the children! Oh my!

But it’s hilarious all the same.

I just wish the story didn’t have to end.

Why couldn’t there be a whole series, like the Anne of Green Gables books.

Oh we loved this book

…yes, even the boys loved it.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in My Library


3 responses to “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

  1. MotherLydia

    February 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I recently loved this book as well. It is particularly poignant for me because I recently lived down the street from Bastrop (during the fires) And now work in Manor, next town over from Elgin. So a lot of these little towns are places that are old friends to me.

  2. Angie Tester

    February 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I haven’t read the book, but isn’t Calpurnia a character in “To kill a mockingbird”?

    • Tracey

      February 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, she’s the housekeeper/cook


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