The Evolution of
Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly

It's 1899, and Calpurnia loves nothing more than exploring the natural world around her. 

When she discovers that the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones, she enlists the help of her naturalist grandfather and together they determined that the yellow grasshoppers blend in to the yellow Texas grass more than the green ones, so they survive long enough to get bigger.

As Callie explores her environment, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes face to face with the limitations and expectations of being a girl at the turn of the century.

Awards Won
Newbery Honor Book 2010
   -Bank Street Josette Frank Award 2010

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Gr. 5-8              DRA Level:  60               
Lexile Measure: 830L
Grade Equivalent: 5.4             Guided Reading: Y         

We just noticed that there's a sequel to this book!  It's called The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate. We haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it did get good reviews from the review agencies.

If you enjoy The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, check out this sequel!

This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. We have a list of the Newbery Award books. Check them out.

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