By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrated by Christy Hale
Elizabeti has a new baby sister, so now Elizabeti has to help take care of her younger brother, Obedi. Elizabeti knows just what to do. She has been taking care of her "baby," a rock doll named Eva, since Obedi was a baby.
But taking care of a real child isn't as easy as taking care of a rock doll. Elizabeti tries to sweep the floor, but Obedi pulls her hair. Elizabeti sifts rocks out of the rice, but Obedi spills it on the ground. When Elizabeti goes to get water, Obedi wiggles so much that the heavy water jug falls off her head. Poor Elizabeti. How will she get anything done?
Author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and artist Christy Hale team up again to tell a loving and tender story that all children — and mothers — can relate to, as Elizabeti discovers the true bond she has with her little brother. Mama Elizabeti, like Elizabeti's Doll, will prove to be a classic for all ages.
Elizabeti Series Teacher's Guide
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About the Creators
has won numerous awards for her Elizabeti series (see full list to the right). A native of Wisconsin, Stuve-Bodeen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. She now lives in La Center, Washington, with her husband, a park ranger, and their two children.
CHRISTY HALE has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building and several other titles for Lee & Low Books. As an educator, Hale currently teaches picture book writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has also taught art and graphic design to high school students, and first learned about the Lemon Grove case at an in-service teacher workshop. Hale and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. You can visit her online at christyhale.com. Photo credit: Jenna Cole.