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所有的科學,都是從震驚開始的! 那個暑假為卡莉的生命注入活水,也為她帶來新的期待

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  1899年的德州夏天,白天氣溫高得嚇人,一般人即使安安靜靜躺下來睡午覺,依然汗流浹背。11歲的卡莉喜歡在這時候一個人偷偷跑去游泳。她對報社刊登太陽下的氣溫不滿意,寫信去反應,報社從善如流,改報陰影下的氣溫,果然讓人覺得涼爽了一點。大哥送她一本筆記,她用來觀察紀錄每天看到的生物,也聰明的想出號令蚯蚓的方法,銷售給哥哥當魚餌。她對對達爾文的進化論感興趣,偷偷設法去圖書館借書,卻被禁止,讓她很沮喪。後來她發現庭院裡的綠色蝗蟲體型比較小,動作迅速;黃色蝗蟲雖然動作慢,個頭卻大,她跑去問爺爺,以為自己發現了新品種,但爺爺要她自己找答案。她從觀察中體認到黃色蝗蟲因為有體色保護,所以即使動作遲緩,仍然可以活到比較老。她把這個發現告訴爺爺,老人家大為驚訝,將她視為志同道合的朋友。爺爺引領她進入科學世界,教她如何做觀察筆記,如何使用顯微鏡,同時怎樣養成實事求是的研究精神,並告訴她許多科學家的事蹟。

  卡莉的志向是進入大學就讀,當一名博物學家,但媽媽觀念非常傳統,期待她當個淑女,逼她學習縫紉、編織、烹飪和彈琴。她無力反抗,在媽媽的期待和自己的興趣中掙扎。

  暑假期間她和爺爺發現一種巢菜,他們加以培育、觀察、照相,寄到博物館申請承認發現新物種,聖誕節過後,他們終於收到回信,並得到以家族姓氏命名的榮耀,也為卡莉爭取到不同發展的機會。

  穿插在科學主題之間的是大家庭的日常生活、手足之情、成長的苦惱、家人間無言的默契和誤解……讓閱讀變成一件既興奮又有趣的事。

----中文簡介擷取自中譯本《達爾文女孩》,小天下出版

In this witty historical fiction middle grade novel set at the turn of the century, an 11-year-old girl explores the natural world, learns about science and animals, and grows up. A Newbery Honor Book.

"The most delightful historical novel for tweens in many, many years. . . . Callie's struggles to find a place in the world where she'll be encouraged in the gawky joys of intellectual curiosity are fresh, funny, and poignant today." --The New Yorker
Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.
Author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book and the winner of the 2010 Bank Street - Josette Frank Award. This title has Common Core connections. This is perfect for young readers who like historical fiction, STEM topics, animal stories, and feminist middle grade novels.

Don't miss the sequel The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

To follow Calpurnia Tate on more adventures, read the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet chapter book series:
Skunked
Counting Sheep
Who Gives a Hoot?
A Prickly Problem

Praise for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is the most delightful historical novel for tweens in many, many years. . . . Callie's struggles to find a place in the world where she'll be encouraged in the gawky joys of intellectual curiosity are fresh, funny, and poignant today." --The New Yorker, "Book Bench" section
"In her debut novel, Jacqueline Kelly brings to vivid life a boisterous small-town family at the dawn of a new century. And she especially shines in her depiction of the natural world that so intrigues Callie. . . . Readers will want to crank up the A.C. before cracking the cover, though. That first chapter packs a lot of summer heat." --The Washington Post
"Each chapter of this winning . . . novel opens with a quotation from 'On the Origin of Species'--a forbidden book that her own grandfather turns out to have hidden away. Together they study Darwin's masterpiece, leading to a revolution in Callie's ideas of what she might accomplish on her own." --New York Times Book Review
"Callie's transformation into an adult and her unexpected bravery make for an exciting and enjoyable read. Kelly's rich images and setting, believable relationships and a touch of magic take this story far." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Interwoven with the scientific theme are threads of daily life in a large family--the bonds with siblings, the conversations overheard, the unspoken understandings and misunderstandings--all told with wry humor and a sharp eye for details that bring the characters and the setting to life. The eye-catching jacket art, which silhouettes Callie and images from nature against a yellow background, is true to the period and the story. Many readers will hope for a sequel to this engaging, satisfying first novel." --Booklist, Starred Review
"Readers will finish this witty, deftly crafted debut novel rooting for "Callie Vee" and wishing they knew what kind of adult she would become." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"A charming and inventive story of a child struggling to find her identity at the turn of the 20th century. . . . there's no uncertainty over the achievement of Kelly's debut novel." --School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Narrator Calpurnia's voice is fresh and convincing, and Granddaddy is that favorite relative most readers would love to claim as their own. Historical fiction fans are in for a treat." --The Bulletin
"Kelly, without anachronism, has created a memorable, warm, spirited young woman who's refreshingly ahead of her time." --The Horn Book Review
"That rare book that will appeal to child and adult alike." --Austin American-Statesman
"Introduces a turn-of-the-20th-century heroine for modern times." --Shelf Awareness

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