Early Chapter Book for Animal Lovers

Today I have an early chapter book for animal lovers.  It will introduce kids to the wonderful character Calpurnia Tate, who defies the expectations of her time with her interest in the natural and scientific world.

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Title: Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vetskunked calpurnia tate early chapter book for animal lovers

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Target: Grades 2-4

Series: This is the first book in a planned series and introduces younger readers to Calpurnia Tate, the character from a popular middle grade series.

What this book is about:

This early chapter book is an introduction to the character Calpurnia Tate for younger readers. In this story, Calpernia’s younger brother Travis brings home an abandoned baby skunk, appropriately named Stinky. To make matters worse, he also finds the runt of the litter and brings that one home too, aptly named Winky. Calpurnia helps him take care of the animals and nurse the runt despite her better instincts. But they can’t keep these skunks a secret forever!

Why I love this book:

  • I am sometimes wary of books that try to expand their reach and brand too much because the quality does suffer, but in this case I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the novel The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and this book is written in a smart, entertaining and thoughtful way that does not dumb down the story for early chapter book readers.
  • I really enjoyed the scientific terminology and concepts that are introduced in this story as well as some history of the founding of Texas. I like it when kids learn interesting facts while reading!

Who this book is for:

This book is for kids who have moved on to early chapter books. There are pictures, but no on every page, and some more challenging vocabulary..

Final thoughts:

This is a thoroughly modern version of a book I would have loved as a child. It is smart, has some humor and tells an engaging story. A winner in the early chapter book category.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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