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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (original 2015; udgave 2015)

af Jacqueline Kelly (Forfatter)

Serier: Calpurnia Tate (2)

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"In rural Texas in 1900, when a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting veterinarian, twelve-year-old Callie discovers a life and a vocation she desperately wants. But with societal expectations as they are, she will need all her wits and courage to realize her dreams"--
Medlem:Rosa.Mill
Titel:The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
Forfattere:Jacqueline Kelly (Forfatter)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2015), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
Samlinger:Read Off My Bookshelf
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Nøgleord:2015, audiobooks, historical-fiction, tween

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate af Jacqueline Kelly (2015)

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"Thirteen-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate of turn-of-the-20th-century Texas—introduced in the 2010 Newbery Honor–winning The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate—is more focused than ever on unlocking the secrets of the natural world.

But Callie Vee has her hands full with her tender brother Travis, who never met a wild animal he didn’t want to adopt (including a possibly diseased armadillo), and her ever exasperated mother, who wishes her one daughter among six sons would master the domestic arts instead of fixating on her Scientific Notebook and Charles Darwin (the source of the chapter-opening excerpts). In fact, of all Callie’s daily trials, the hardest to stomach is the injustice of being treated as a “half citizen” just because she’s a girl. But not to worry….Callie, the witty and sincere narrator, is “smart as a tree full of owls” and won’t be denied her dreams of being a veterinarian or anything else she puts her mind to. Animal lovers will revel in the abundant anecdotes about the benevolent country vet and Travis’ mangy strays—some heart-wrenching, some hilarious—while learning plenty about nature (“from pond water up to the stars”), the deadly 1900 Galveston hurricane, and early Texas history as recounted by Callie’s scholarly and beloved Granddaddy.

A warm, welcome stand-alone companion to Kelly’s lauded debut. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
  CDJLibrary | Feb 28, 2021 |
. . . On the one hand, this is an engaging and fun piece of historical fiction, with quirky, likable characters.

On the other hand, I kept being distracted by the extent to which Callie is incredibly privileged in her context. The story foregrounds her lack of gender privilege (which is a real thing, and a legitimate problem), but glosses over her race and class privilege. Compare her choices and opportunities to the opportunities a Native American girl, a Hispanic girl, a Black girl, or a poor white girl would have had in Texan at the time the story was written, and the difference is stark. From the trajectory of the story, it's clear that her family's relative wealth will allow her to achieve her dreams despite the sexism she faces. Good for her, but . . . ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
I didn't like this one as much as the first. I was reading it on my phone so I didn't know how far through the book I was, and it just - ended. There wasn't really a conclusion or lead-up that made me feel like the book would end soon. But I guess since it's a series, the next book will pick up where this one left off!

I still love Calpurnia and I really hope she continues to fuck the patriarchy. I also love Travis, and the juxtaposition of his and Callie's loves for the natural world. They manifest in such different ways and I love them both. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I liked this one better than the first! It has a plot, first of all! Callie Vee is such an entertaining character and it's fun to watch her barrel through others' limited expectations of young ladies at the time. The snippets of scientific information are sure to pique the curiosity of like-minded readers; it would be fun to have a suitable list of nonfiction to give them. Now that Callie has Aggie's defiant example, I hope there will be more stories about her quest for knowledge and equality. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
This is a sequel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly's 2010 Newbery Honor Book, but you don't need to have read it in order to enjoy this one.

It takes up right where the previous book left off - the beginning of the year 1900, in the Tate home in Fentress, Texas. Twelve-year-old Calpurnia Virginia ("Callie Vee") Tate, the middle child among six brothers, is thrilled to find it snowing - a rarity in Central Texas in the winter.

This book continues the Darwinian theme with epigraphs for each chapter from Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Fitting, too, because this time, Callie's scientific explorations - mostly conducted with her grandfather - focus on animals instead of plants, as well as the weather and stars.

Callie's younger brother Travis (all but the oldest brother are named for various early Texas heroes) plays a big part in this book, with his quest to find the ideal pet. He adopts a series of inappropriate ones - an armadillo, a blue jay, a raccoon - and finally a half-coyote dog he names Scruffy. Callie's involved in (trying to) help him keep them hidden from their parents, and in caring for them when they are ultimately discovered.

In an interview, Kelly said she'd wanted to write a sequel, "but our big old house in Fentress, Texas, which served as the inspiration for so much of the first book, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 2010. It was a horrible experience and it took me some time to get over it." She also said she "drew a lot of inspiration from our dog Laika, a stray living near the San Marcos River, who we are pretty sure is half-Chow and half-coyote." Laika is the inspiration for Scruffy.

Kelly, who lived for a while in Galveston, works the 1900 hurricane that devastated that city into the story. Callie sees a coastal gull that's flown far inland, and her grandfather has her build a homemade barometer and make observations. They predict the big storm and try to warn their family in Galveston. After the storm, Callie's father and oldest brother go to help, and return with Callie's older cousin Agatha who comes to live with the Tates for a while - getting the bed in Callie's room while our heroine sleeps on the floor - while her family home is being rebuilt. They are accompanied by a veterinarian who sets up practice in Fentress. Callie assists him with some of his patients, and is frustrated by 1900s customs that would seem to prevent her from becoming a veterinarian herself.

The gentle reminders that girls didn't have the kinds of opportunities in the early 1900s that they do today, plus Callie's interest in science, encouraged by her grandfather (she even dissects a worm and a frog, and builds astrolabe to learn about latitude and longitude), make this book especially appropriate for girls age 11 and up, as well as "all nature lovers, and all curious kids, and all strong readers," according to Kelly.

Once again, the beautiful silhouette on the cover was designed by the talented Beth White. And native Texan Natalie Ross also reads this audiobook, with her soft but musical Southern-accented voice, perfect for Callie, who tells her own tale.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[The audiobook was borrowed from and returned to my university library.] ( )
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