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Mama Elizabeti
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale
(Lee & Low Books, 2000)
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Elizabeti has a new baby sister. With her mother busy with the baby, Elizabeti now has to help take care of her younger brother, Obedi. She thinks she knows what to do, after tending to her own "baby," a rock doll named Eva. But in this tender sequel to Elizabeti's Doll, she finds that looking after a real child isn't so easy.
awards • reviews
School Library Journal, starred review
• Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College Children's Book Committee
• Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International
• Parent's Choice, Recommended Winner, 2000
• Young Hoosier Book Award/Indiana Media Educators


The illustrations bring this world alive. Hale perfectly captures the spontaneity and totality of a toddler's love, and the intimacy among family members is heartwarming and palpable. This is
a loving, sensitive book to be shared and cherished.
School Library Journal

In this lighthearted book set in an African village, we again
meet the charming protagonist of Elizabeti's Doll. Elizabeti's responsibilities are growing. Mother must now take care of
the newborn, so the job of caring for her year-old brother, Obedi, falls to Elizabeti. The boy pulls her hair, spills the
water she carries in a jug on her head and, in general is
far more difficult than her rock doll.
—Parents' Choice®

Lightning doesn't strike twice, but this sweet sequel to the wonderful, award-winning Elizabeti's Doll (1998) will hit a chord in any child who has had to care for a younger sibling. Mama has a new baby, Flora, so Elizabeti must leave her stone doll Eva in a corner and watch little Obedi. Surely taking care of Eva has prepared her for a day with Obedi. But what a pest he is, spilling rice she has just cleaned, wriggling so much on her back that she can't balance the water jug on her head, and toddling away unnoticed to play hide-and-seek. How did Mama ever get anything done? Hale again gives the Tanzanian village in which this is set a dusty, open spareness, gracefully posing tall, brightly clad adults, capturing Elizabeti's love and worry (never anger) with clearly drawn, unexaggerated gestures and expressions. Though too young to talk, Obedi comes across as an individual, too, with content, mischief, sadness, and relief chasing each other across his mobile features. After supper, as Mama cradles Flora, Elizabeti rocks Obedi to sleep in her arms--a peaceful end to a trying, important day in her life. (Picture book. 6–8)
Kirkus Reviews
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