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Ages: 3 to 5

Elizabeti's Doll

by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Christy Hale

Lee & Low 1998

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Life in Other Countries

When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she longs to have a doll to hug too. So she finds an oval shaped rock, feeds it, burps it, and ties it to her back just like her mother. When her sister accidentally uses the rock to start a fire, Elizabeti rescues it in time to sing it to sleep.

Hale's portrait of village life and warm, softly shaded illustrations capture the life of an African village.