Henry Holt & Company
On Sale: May 12, 2009
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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.
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