Sunday, May 12, 2024

Notes on "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate"

Our chapter book read aloud for May is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. It has been great fun for the children to hear what life was like for an 11 year old girl in Texas in the year 1899! Here are some "extras" I recommend if you're reading this book and want to add a bit more info.

Chapter 1 - "The Origin of Species"

Chapter 2 - "The Measure of the Morning"

Chapter 3 - "The Possum Wars"

Chapter 4 - "Viola"

Chapter 5 - "Distillations"

Chapter 6 - "Music Lessons"

    listen to some rags by Scott Joplin
    "The Entertainer" and "The Maple Leaf Rag"

    gramophone (show picture)

    buttonhook (show picture)

Chapter 7 - "Harry Gets a Girlfriend"

    calling card (look at business card)

    coming-out party

    gig (show picture)

Chapter 8 - "Microscopy"

Chapter 9 - "Petey"

Chapter 10 - "Lula Stirs Up Trouble (But Doesn't Mean To)"

Chapter 11 - "Knitting Lessons"

Chapter 12 - "A Scientific Study"

Chapter 13 - "A Scientific Correspondence"

Chapter 14 - "The Short Hoe"

    A Beetle Is Shy
    by Dianna Hutts Aston
    boll weevil illustration

    cotton boll

Chapter 15 - "A Sea of Cotton"

    tally marks

    a quarter mile away

    Tom Sawyer / Becky Thatcher

Chapter 16 - "The Telephone Comes"

Chapter 17 - "Home Economies"






    Oliver Twist

Chapter 18 - "Cooking Lessons"

    A Tale of Two Cities

    oven thermometer

Chapter 19 - "A Distillery Success of Sorts"


    headache powder

Chapter 20 - "The Big Birthday"

    yardstick / meter stick

Chapter 21 - "The Reproductive Imperative"

Chapter 22 - "Thanksgiving"

Chapter 23 - "The Fentress Fair"

Chapter 24 - "Harry Woos Again"

Chapter 25 - "Christmas Eve"

Chapter 26 - "Word Comes"

Chapter 27 - "New Year's Eve"

Chapter 28 - "1900"

For more on understanding life at the turn of the last century, I also really like The American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others and The American Boys Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It.

It must have been very exciting for Jacqueline Kelly to receive a Newbery Honor for her first novel! There's a sequel -- The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate -- but I have not yet read it. If you have, let me know what you think.

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