Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Elizabeti's Doll

Written by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrated by Christy Hale

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen has created a story about a little girl with a brand new brother. Elizabeti watches her mother care for her new baby, and then, since she has no doll of her own, she finds a rock instead. She names her rock Eva, and cares for it just as her mother cares for her son.

This short picture book is one that clearly relates a way of life different from my own, without ever purposefully contrasting to it. The author of Elizabeti's Doll, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, spent time in Tanzania in the Peace Corps, where she met the little girl who is Elizabeti's inspiration. Elizabeti and Eva, and their way of life, are worth getting to know in this sweet book.

2 comments:

happyender said...

Lindsay,

I am going to look especially for this book. Thank you for the history on it. I find there is much to learn to value in reading about ways of life different than our own and what better way to touch on it within the lives of our children than through a picture book?

Again, thank you,
ShaLisa

happyender said...

Lindsay,

My library does not have this book and I am especially frustrated with the library system here. They say it is not available through interlibrary loan but they will "see what they can do." Humph. I have placed Fancy Nancy on hold and am looking forward to it.

Your Reading Friend,
ShaLisa