Calpurnia is a young girl growing up right before the turn of the 20th century. She is interested in the insects and creatures that she finds around her Texas home. Out of this hobby, grows a knowledge of the natural world and a unique and deep relationship with her grandfather. I'm just in the first few chapters but already I can see that this book holds all the necessary criteria for a modern classic. Caddie Woodlawn meet Calpurnia Tate. And come on, the book art is adorable too!
In other book news, David and I read aloud (to each other) the second Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look. We had read the first book some time ago and finally delighted in the sequel. It is so much fun to read children's literature with your spouse! We laughed so hard at parts or would pause because we were envisioning our future children responding in similar fashion. The kids are all a little quirky, but so lovable and believable! It also helps if you are geeky, married to a geek, or have geek friends. It just makes it all the more delightful!