Friday, September 11, 2015

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #2)The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. I liked this even better than Calpurnia Tate #1, which is rare for me with a series. It is funny and poignant and full of real life. A wonderful book for children and adults.

"I dreamed of following in Granddaddy's footsteps and becoming a Scientist. Mother, however, had other plans for me; namely, learning the domestic arts and coming out as a debutante at age eighteen, when it was hoped I'd be presentable enough to snag the eye of a prosperous young man of good family. (This was dubious for many reasons, including the fact that I loathed cooking and sewing, and could not exactly be described as the eye-snagging type.)"
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"I thought of the Phoenicians and Egyptians and Vikings, brave men who had steered their ships by the very same star. It was if their hands and hearts and voices reached across the centuries to a girl in Fentress, Texas, who had never seen the sea and probably never would. I felt a part of history and also, truth to tell, a bit sad."

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Friday, September 4, 2015

There Always Are

I was hitting the "Next Blog" link, innocently killing some time this evening, when I happened upon a third grade teacher's blog with daily assignments and summaries of student progress. In the recap of the Language Arts work for the day, I ran across this:

In English today we continued to work on the subject of a sentence. There were lots of mistakes on yesterday's assignment, but there always is.

She may need a refresher course on verb agreement.