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Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie, 1965-
New York : Lee & Low Books, 1998.
IL K-3  RL 4.6
ISBN 1880000709

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

All over the world little girls have dolls that they love, but Elizabeti, who lives in Tanzania, must make due with an oval shaped rock that she has adopted and named Eva.  Elizabeti treats Eva with the same care that her mother uses on her baby brother, Obedi.  However, one day Eva is missing and Elizabeti is heartbroken.  A search is finally successful and Eva is found in a most unlikely and dangerous place.  You will love this gentle, loving story set in an unfamiliar world.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

Booktalk #2

Meet Elizabeti.  She is a young girl living in Tanzania.  Elizabeti's mother has just had a baby and Elizabeti loves watching her mother care for her young son.  But Elizabeti longs for a doll to care for the way her mother cares for Obedi.  She looks around the village until she finds just the right thing to use as her doll.  As her mother changes the baby's diapers, Elizabeti changes her doll's diapers.  As her mother carries the baby on her back, Elizabeti does as well.  There is just one thing though.  The item Elizabeti has chosen to use as her doll is quite unusual.  Can you guess what it might be?  See if you are right in ELIZABETI'S DOLL by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen.

SUBJECTS:     Dolls -- Fiction
                        Rocks -- Fiction
                        Tanzania -- Fiction


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