A Prickly Problem

Calpurnia Tate – Girl Vet, #4

Written by Jacqueline Kelly, Illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer

I truly enjoyed this book and though I have not read the other books in this series, it was easy to jump right in and follow along. Calpurnia is a girl who loves to learn. Her grandfather encourages her and teaches her how to use her mind. When her beloved dog, Ajax, is attacked by a porcupine, Calpurnia must step up to the task to save him. She is both brave and clever. Not only is an animal story told here, but also one of compassion and community. Throughout the tale, Calpurnia meets with a girl much less fortunate than herself, and rather than shying away or looking down on the girl, Calpurnia choose to befriend and serve. This part of the story is the most valuable and I appreciate that Kelly has added an aspect of sharing and sacrifice to the book. The illustrations are also superb. I look forward to more of this series.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 2-4

Calpurnia Tate – Girl Vet, #4
A Prickly Problem
Written by Jacqueline Kelly, Illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer
Henry Holt and Company
104 pages
Release Date: April 10, 2018
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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