Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Books by This Author

Babu's Song

Illustrated by: Aaron Boyd
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Bernardi lives with his grandfather, Babu, who supports them by making toys. Bernardi wishes he could go to school, but they can't afford it. When a tourist offers a handsome price for the music box Babu gave him as a present, Bernardi regretfully sells it, giving the money to Babu. Babu uses the money to pay for his grandson's school, and he starts working on a new music box. The book's sensitive text and endearing illustrations capture the tender relationship between a Tanzanian child and his grandfather.

Elizabeti's Doll

Illustrated by: Christy Hale
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Upon the arrival of her new baby brother, Elizabeti decides she needs a doll she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around her village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love, and names her Eva. When Mama changes the new baby's diaper, Elizabeti changes Eva. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll. Set in contemporary Tanzania, this universal tale of love and tenderness that will touch readers of all ages.

Elizabeti's School

Illustrated by: Christy Hale
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: Elizabeti was excited and fidgety on her first day of school as she admired her school uniform and shoes and walked to school with her older sister. Once there, though, Elizabeti becomes shy, wishing she had not come. Elizabeti is not sure at all she wants to return, but once she finds that she can use her knowledge at home, she decides to return. While warm watercolors depict a child's first day of school in Tanzania and the text is sprinkled with Swahili words, the emotions conveyed are universal.

Elizabeti's School

Illustrated by: Christy Hale
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: In this contempory Tanzanian story, it's the first day of school and Elizabeti can hardly wait. She puts on her new uniform and feels her shiny shoes. Shortly after arriving at school, however, Elizabeti begins to miss her family. What if Mama needs help cleaning the rice? What if her baby sister wants to play? What if her little brother wants to go for a walk? But soon Elizabeti is making friends and learning her lessons. Best of all, she shares her experiences with her family that evening — and can apply what she has learned right away.