Elizabeti's School

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As in Elizabeti’s Doll and Mama Elizabeti, this picture book about a child in contemporary Tanzania shows the particulars of her place as well as her connections with children everywhere… [K]ids starting school will relate to Elizabeti’s nervousness and her excitement. Stuve-Bodeen, a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania in the 1980s, gets the local details right: the simple school uniforms, the playground games, the occasional Swahili words. Hale’s light-filled collage illustrations combine watercolor and cut paper to create a strong sense of a happy kid in the embrace of a nurturing family that helps her to take this big step on her own.