Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blueberry Girls: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (#TBT)

So, you know how there's this "thing" on social media called "Throwback Thursday?" If not, it's a "thing" where people post old photos in a world that's supposed to revolve around updates in real-time. So, instead of posting what you're doing now, you post a photo of what you were doing weeks, months, or even years ago.  In the spirit of Throwback Thursday (or #TBT to the instagrammers and tweeters of the world), I'm going to use Thursdays to catch up on events of the past that never made it to the blog.  Enjoy!

This week's Throwback Thursday takes us back to the summer when Josie and I hosted our mother/daughter bookclub meeting. The "Blueberry Girls" book of the month was "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate." I HIGHLY recommend it to young readers who have an interest in the natural world and it's a beautiful entry point into turn of the century history lessons. It's beefy. Really it took us a couple of months of reading off & on to get through it, but it was worth it and a great one to pick up between reading other easier books. I'd say Josie was on the border of too-young for the book (and there are a couple of sections that you may want to skip or modify depending on age), so I'd recommend it probably for ages 8 and up instead of 6.

Here are some photos from our meeting, where with the help of other mamas in the club, we set up our own naturalist club a la Calpurnia. We learned about female scientists throughout history then ventured off into the backyard to collect our own specimens to observe under the microscope and sketch in our nature journals.   It was a really special afternoon.