By Brilliance Audio

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2009

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Audiobook

Audiobooks are a magical, and yet still very literary, way to consume stories. And, this is one story, with its blend of humor and history, that you won't want your child to miss. It's the summer of 1899, and 11-year-old Calpurnia Tate does not want to be knitting, cooking, and preparing to be a respectable lady. She'd much rather be a naturalist, exploring the streams and fields of her Texas home with her eccentric grandfather. The only girl in a family of six brothers, Calpurnia has her work cut out for her, as she must contend with piano lessons, a bevy of brothers wooing her best friend, and the societal norms that dictate what girls can and can't do, all the while trying to get a new species recognized by the National Geographic Society. (Brilliance Audio, $17.99)