Elizabeti's Doll

By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrated by Christy Hale

Paperback: $9.95

Upon the arrival of her new baby brother, Elizabeti decides she needs a doll she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around her village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love, and names her Eva.

When Mama changes the new baby's diaper, Elizabeti changes Eva. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll.

Sure to become a classic story for bedtime or naptime, Elizabeti's Doll is a universal tale of love and tenderness that will touch readers of all ages.

Elizabeti Series Teacher's Guide

Check out craft instructions to make a doll and a kanga from illustrator Christy Hale.

For educator resources and ideas on how to teach Elizabeti in the classroom, click here.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen - Author

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.

Thumb_thumb Christy Hale

is the author and illustrator of The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan, a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year selection. She has also illustrated several award-winning picture books, including Elizabeti’s Doll and its two sequels. As an art educator, Hale has written about artists for Instructor magazine’s Masterpiece of the Month feature and workshops. Hale lives with her family in Palo Alto, California. Visit her online at

About This Title


Paperback: 9781584300816

Hardcover: 9781880000700


Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Starred Review
School Library Journal

Starred Review
Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews

Best Books of the Year
School Library Journal

Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

All-Time Best Books for Big Kids

Best Books of the Year
New York Family

Best Children's Book Award
Peace Corps Writers

Charlotte Zolotow Award - Highly Commended Title
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Children's Books Mean Business
Children's Book Council (CBC)

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Silver Bells Honor List
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Bell Picture Book Award

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Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades PreK - 2

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 3


Five Senses / Body Parts, Siblings, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Mothers, Games/Toys, Friendship, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Poverty

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