There were many things about this story I loved. The lovely relationship that this young girl Calpurnia was forging with her grandfather and he shared (rather reluctantly at first) his great love for science and nature. Also the time period in which it was told you could feel yourself there and through the eyes of a young adolescent girl of that time period.
I enjoyed a story about a girl learning to follow her passion even though it didn't fit the norm of what a girl of that time period should be doing. But I really didn't enjoy how much she demeaned the position of a homemaker. I know it isn't for everyone but it bothers me to be looked down upon. Yes there is a lot of monotony to the job but there is so much job as well. Being the mother and wife of a loving family is quite rewarding in so many ways. Sad that she didn't seem to understand or grasp that.
I think Karen would have enjoyed this if for nothing else than the girl reminded me a bit of her youngest daughter Erika and her great love of bugs and little critters. Calpurnia definitely was an Erika kind of girl!