Just before her 12th birthday, Calpurnia Tate, or Callie Vee, isn't quite ready to become a grown-up in her Texas town in 1899. Especially if it means doing housework instead of the scientific work she's been doing with her grandfather. At the book wrap, we will be joined by Jessica Shearer, an ornithological researcher at the American Museum of Natural History. We'll talk about what it meant to be a woman at the turn of the 20th century, the beginnings of evolutionary biology, and women in science today. Free with admission, ages 9-12 plus adults.
About The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In this Newbery Honor Award-winning work of historical fiction by Jacqueline Kelly, we meet Calpurnia Tate, a just-about-to-turn-twelve year old girl in Fentress, Texas in the summer of 1899. Little Callie Vee, as she is called, is at a crossroads: her mother expects that Callie will assume more traditional womanly responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning and sewing. But Callie has just begun to form a special bond with her aloof grandfather, an avid naturalist. As Callie and her grandfather make an incredible discovery, Callie discovers her own interest in, and gift for, the natural sciences. Readers will be dying to know if Callie is able to follow her passions, or if she will be forced to follow her mother into the kitchen. This novel combines rich characters, luscious historical detail about life at the turn of the twentieth century, and a peak into the early acceptance of Darwin's theory of evolution.
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.