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The Resource Elizabeti's doll, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ; illustrated by Christy Hale

Elizabeti's doll, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ; illustrated by Christy Hale

Label
Elizabeti's doll
Title
Elizabeti's doll
Statement of responsibility
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ; illustrated by Christy Hale
Title variation
Elizabetis doll
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, which she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll
Member of
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1999
  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, 1999.
  • Minnesota Book Award for Children's Books, 1999.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1998.
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: Ages 4-6. All over the world, children follow their parents and want to do what they do. In this gentle story, a little girl named Elizabeti in Tanzania wants to do what her mother does. Elizabeti has a new baby brother, Obedi, and as she watches her mother, she wants a baby to care for. She doesn't have a doll, but she does find a smooth rock, which she kisses and names Eva. She washes Eva when her mother bathes Obedi, feeds and burps her (Eva is too polite to burp), and wraps her in a kanga, a brightly patterned cloth that holds Eva on Elizabeti's back while she does her chores. When Eva disappears, Elizabeti is as anguished as any child over a beloved toy, and she rejoices when she finds Eva back again. The illustrations make excellent use of fabric and paper collage to form the clothing, kanga, and head wraps of the figures; and the soft, rounded edges of figures and landscape reflect the nurture and reassurance of the text. A very nice debut for Stuve-Bodeen, and another triumph for the illustrator of Felix Pitre's Juan Bobo and the Pig (1993). ((Reviewed October 1, 1998)) -- GraceAnne A. DeCandido
  • K-Gr 2-Elizabeti doesn't have a doll and yet she wants to take care of a baby all her own, just like Mama takes care of the new baby. So she finds a rock, kisses it, and names it Eva. Like her friend Rahaili, readers may at first laugh at such an idea, but they will soon be won over. The text is original, clever, and consistent in its respectful treatment of Elizabeti's notion. As the rock is compared to the real infant, it actually takes on a personality so that when it's lost, having been mistakenly used for the fire pit, it's clear that no other rock can take its place. Once found, Eva is quickly cleaned off, hugged, and soothed with a lullaby. This story takes place in Tanzania, and lifestyle differences, such as how a baby is carried in a kanga cloth and the way that food is cooked in a separate hut, are an integral and unobtrusive part of the text. The mixed-media illustrations are intimate and remain focused on the girl and her family while also giving a sense of place. Bright cloths and patterned dresses add a touch of color to the splattered backgrounds painted in dry desert tones. This book is a splendid celebration of life and the power of a child's imagination.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
  • In an impressive debut, Stuve-Bodeen warms the heart and hearth with this sweetly evoked tale inspired by her experiences in the Peace Corps. Set in a Tanzanian village, the story tells of Elizabeti, who watches her mother care for her new baby brother and longs for a little one of her own to cuddle. She has no doll, so instead she looks around for a suitable "baby" and soon finds a rock that's shaped just right. Carefully mimicking her mother, she bathes, feeds (her doll is "too polite to burp") and changes "Eva," and when doing chores ties Eva to her back "with a bright cloth called a kanga," just as her mother does. Downcast when Eva is misplaced (her sister accidentally uses the rock for the cooking fire), Elizabeti finds her special doll in time to sing her to sleep. Stuve-Bodeen's well-balanced prose strikes just the right tranquil, gently humorous tone. She lovingly delineates the mother-daughter relationship, and offers a rare, intimate view of another culture while sounding a universal chord. Hale (Juan Bobo and the Pig), meanwhile, deftly captures the story's mood in softly shaded mixed-media illustrations, juxtaposing brightly printed motifs in African fabrics against an earthy, sundrenched palette. The artist is equally adept at conveying close-up portraits with a full emotional range as she is a village scene of Elizabeti carrying a water jug atop her head. A little slice of perfection. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
  • /* Starred Review */ Charmed by her new baby brother, Elizabeti decides that she wants a baby of her own; she picks up a smooth rock, names it Eva and washes, feeds, and changes her, and carries her about in her cloth kanga. Hale dresses Elizabeti and her family in modern, brightly patterned clothing that practically glows against the earth-toned, sketchily defined Tanzanian village in which this is set. Although Eva appears a bit too large for Elizabeti to handle as easily as she does, the illustrations reflect the story's simplicity; accompanied by an attentive hen, Elizabeti follows her indulgent mother about, mimicking each nurturing activity. The object of Elizabeti's affection may be peculiar, but the love itself is real. Later, she rescues Eva from the fire pit, tenderly cleans her, then cradles the stone until she--Elizabeti--falls asleep. Stuve-Bodeen's debut is quirky but believable, lightly dusted with cultural detail, and features universal emotions in an unusual setting. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 1998)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
105323
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bodeen, S. A.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hale, Christy
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True
Series statement
Elizabeti books
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dolls
  • Tanzania
Target audience
primary
Label
Elizabeti's doll, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ; illustrated by Christy Hale
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Sequel: Mama Elizabeti
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781880000700
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
98013086
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)38595398
Label
Elizabeti's doll, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ; illustrated by Christy Hale
Publication
Note
Sequel: Mama Elizabeti
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781880000700
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
98013086
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)38595398

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