The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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Fireflies

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The ESP of Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES provides a hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum that converts the classroom into a science laboratory.
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This website tells you everything you need to know about catching fireflies; where, when and what to look for.  This was a favorite activity for Calpurnia and her siblings.

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Sarah Sullivan's comment, April 26, 2013 12:55 PM
What a great resource! I can see using the information here to make a handout for a firefly-themed story time. And they've got so many other topics too! Nice find!
Kim Rowley's comment, April 28, 2013 5:44 PM
Thanks Sarah! I thought contained a lot of useful information that could be used in a variety of ways.
QMP's comment, April 28, 2013 9:50 PM
I love fireflies! I think children especially appreciate any kind of animal that uses bioluminescence.
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Audubon Field Guide

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Want to be a naturalist just like Callie Vee? Visit the Audubon Online Field Guides for information on identifying birds, trees, insects and more. Excellent color photographs!

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 7:39 PM
I always wanted to be a naturalist myself. As I read through these selections, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate begons to top my summer reading list. I had never looked at Audobon field guides before, we have been a traditionally Peterson Guide household, but these images do look excellent!
QMP's comment, April 28, 2013 9:52 PM
This looks great! You could plan a whole field day that centers around this guide!
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Charles Darwin & Evolution

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Information for children about Charles Darwin and evolution along with book and activity suggestions.

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Every chapter of the book begins with a quote from Darwin's Origin of the Species.  Callie Vee shows great interest in these topics and spends a lot of time discussing them with her grandfather.  Find out more about Darwin and evolution here

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Easy Apple Pie

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A few weeks ago, my brother met a Trader Joe's executive at a BBQ. He promptly told the exec about my blog and my love of TJ's. I dreamed of that guy
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Calpurnia makes apple pie with Viola who is her familys' kitchen help.  Calpurnia is very fond of Viola and they have a special relationship  Enjoy this kid-friendly recipe to try on your own!

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 7:44 PM
This recipe looks simple, tried and true. What a great website! Recipes like this are a good way to help bring the things that Calpurnia experience to life, with tasty consequences.
Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:22 PM
Cookbooks in my library go out all the time - I'm sure having a recipe tie-in for a book would be a great way to talk up a book. Maybe even a display of books and tie-in recipes...?
Sarah Sullivan's comment, April 26, 2013 12:58 PM
Courtney - I love that idea! Especially as cookbooks for kids are starting to become 'themed' like "Football Food' or "Thai cooking'....
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Books similar to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

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Best books like The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate : #1 The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg #2 One Crazy Summer #3 Heart of a Samurai #4 Claudette C...

 

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 7:31 PM
I can not decide which review I like better. This Goodreads review is sort of juicier, being full of imagery that instantly offers a picture of Calpurnia's summer life. The Kirkus review deals with larger social issues as a means of describing the book's uniqueness from books about more traditional Southern children of that time period. Because I grew up closer to that area, I appreciate that the review makes that distinction. If only reviews could be a little longer, and incorporate both elements!
Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:20 PM
I echo your frustration with book reviews and their length! It seems they are always forced to focus on a single aspect of a book, which can sometimes put other key elements of the writing or subject matter on the back burner. Maybe you pick and choose what to emphasize depending on the audience? If I were recommending this book to a kid, I wouldn't necessarily focus on the "larger social issues"!
Kim Rowley's comment, April 28, 2013 5:41 PM
You both make great points, I think this resource might be more kid-friendly than the one by Kirkus. Thank you for your input!
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The Texas State Tree: Pecan

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Lone Star Junction, a Texas and Texas history resource.
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Pecans and pecan trees are mentioned frequently throughout The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and they are also the state tree of Texas.  Visit this site to learn more about the state insect, bird, flower, etc. of Texas.

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Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 4:17 PM
I love how many of your resources, like this one on the pecan tree, are specifically related to the plot of the book. As kids are reading, they can use your topic as supportive reading material.
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Fentress, Texas

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This is the San Marcos River near Fentress, Texas.

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Find out more about Fentress, Texas where Callie Vee grew up.  This site provides information about the history of the town, the population and some great pictures of the area.

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Book Trailer

Book Trailer for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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This video asks the reader some exploratory questions and also shows a lot of great pictures that illustrate the time period and themes discussed in the book.

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Amy Dean's comment, April 28, 2013 7:10 PM
I love how this book trailer encourages readers to think critically by asking questions! A great interactive trailer! If this was a book club selection, the librarian or SLT could use this video to generate discussion.