Mama Elizabeti

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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.

When her mother has a new baby, Elizabeti is given charge of her younger brother and finds it more ...

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Overview

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.

When her mother has a new baby, Elizabeti is given charge of her younger brother and finds it more difficult to take care him than it was to care for her rock doll.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In Mama Elizabeti, a young girl takes care of her toddler brother when her mother has a new baby. But squirming, hair-pulling Obedi constantly interrupts the chores older sister Elizabeti is trying to do in their African village. Frustrated, she leaves Obedi alone, just for a moment—and he disappears. The story of what Elizabeti finally gets from, as well as gives to, her little brother will speak to older siblings everywhere. Christy Hale's illustrations, full of expressive faces, perfectly convey the spirit of Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen's gently humorous text. 2000, Lee and Low, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Stuve-Bodeen builds on the poignant themes of Elizabeti's Doll (Lee & Low, 1998), while giving readers an expanded view of life in this African village. The child's day is filled with sweeping, washing, and picking rocks from the rice. She must also look after her young brother, as Mama has a new baby who needs care. Securing Obedi to her back with a kanga, Elizabeti confidently starts out on her way to the village well. However, Obedi is a squirmer, he's mischievous, plus he's heavy. Finally, Elizabeti drops her water jug and slumps in despair. She sets the boy down and quickly fetches the water. When she returns, he's gone, but her fears turn to joy as he takes his first toddling steps back to her and gives her a loud, wet kiss. Getting home is no longer a problem; Elizabeti simply ties the kanga from her waist to his and lets him walk. While the child's challenges as a caregiver are specific to her environment, the frustrations she feels are universal. Readers might see her life as a hardship, but no such emotion is expressed. 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.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584302360
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 604,613
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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