There are two Calpurnia Tate books, by Jacqueline Tate, and I’ve read and loved them both! These books are about a young girl who LOVES nature, so she goes to see her grandpa who helps her discover new things. Her mom and dad disagree that being a scientist is a fine job for girls, though. They want her to be a proper young lady who sews and knits! YUCK! I told my Mom that I’m glad I don’t have to knit … she said that’s because she’s a feminist.
Calpurnia is trapped between her mother, father, 6 brothers, and her grandpa (she tries to be with him as much as she can), piano practice, and other crazy stuff! The books are classified as historical fiction, because they teach all sorts of things about living in the year 1900 (from the invention of the telephone to the automobile)! The books are also educational, because each chapter begins with a quote from Charles Darwin, who wrote The Origin of the Species.
In The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (book 1), which is a Newberry Honor Book, Calpurnia and her grandfather discover a new species of hairy vetch. In The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (book 2), Calpurnia and her grandfather predict a hurricane, because they know what it means when a seabird flies inland! Also, the family gets a new pet, after trying out LOTS of pets (thanks to Calpurnia’s animal-loving brother, Travis).
I love these books because Calpurnia kinda reminds me of: well, me! She’s adventurous, she loves animals, and she’s my age! She also has a brother (or brothers) who drives her up the wall sometimes.