Award Winning Children's Author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen


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Forthcoming Books:

2005: A Home for Salty
A Home for Salty
A Home for Salty is about an endangered marsh mouse living in the San Francisco Bay. Stephanie was commissioned to write this book by the Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Fall 2006: A Small Brown Dog With a Wet Pink Nose (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Amelia wants a dog, but her parents aren’t ready for one. Find out how she outwits them and gets her dog anyway.


Elizabeti’s Doll    Mama Elizabeti     Elizabeti’s School
We’ll Paint The Octopus Red
Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America
Babu’s Song  The Best Worst Brother

Elizabeti's Doll A young Tanzanian girl finds a special doll, and realizes how much she loves the doll when she almost loses her.

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.

Sure to become a classic story for bedtime or naptime, Elizabeti’s Doll is a universal tale of love and tenderness that will touch readers of all ages. ( illustrated by Christy Hale)

Mama Elizabeti In this sequel to the award-winning ELIZABETI’S DOLL, the same heroine, a Tanzanian girl, learns the difference between taking care of a real baby and taking care of her beloved rock doll.

Elizabeti has a new baby sister, so now Elizabeti has to help take care of her younger brother, Obedi. Elizabeti knows just what to do. She has been taking care of her “baby,” a rock doll named Eva, since Obedi was a baby.

But taking care of a real child isn’t as easy as taking care of a rock doll. Elizabeti tries to sweep the floor, but Obedi pulls her hair. Elizabeti sifts rocks out of the rice, but Obedi spills it on the ground. When Elizabeti goes to get water, Obedi wiggles so much that the heavy water jug falls off her head. Poor Elizabeti. How will she get anything done?

Author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and artist Christy Hale team up again to tell a loving and tender story that all children — and mothers — can relate to, as Elizabeti discovers the true bond she has with her little brother. MAMA ELIZABETI, like ELIZABETI’S DOLL, will prove to be a classic for all ages.

Elizabeti's SchoolIn this third book of the popular Elizabeti series, a young Tanzanian girl discovers the joy of learning on her first day at school .

It is Elizabeti’s first day of school. She is so excited that she can hardly sit still while Mama braids her hair.

Yet when Elizabeti arrives at school, she feels shy. She wishes she had stayed home instead.

While Elizabeti learns a new game in the schoolyard and how to count in class, she is glad when the school day is over and she can take off her stiff school clothes and shoes. She is so happy that she decides she doesn’t want to go back to school again. But in the evening, as Elizabeti enjoys playing her new game with Mama, she discovers that she can use her new math skills to count—her new kittens!

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red
What starts as a regular new-baby story takes an unexpected twist. The young redheaded narrator is at first displeased with the idea of a new sibling but then has lots of ideas about what they might do together. She will take the baby to her grandfather’s farm and feed the calves. Her father says they can do that when the baby is older. She will teach the baby to paint. Her father says they can do that when the baby is older. She will take the baby to Africa on a photo safari. Her father says fine, but only if he can go, too. After the girl and her father are finished talking, she says, “We’d thought of at least a million things my new brother or sister could do with me.” Then, Father comes home with the news that baby Isaac has been born with Down syndrome. Her father is upset, but as the girl asks her questions all over again, they both see that although it may take a little longer and require more patience, they can’t find one of those million things that Isaac won’t be able to do with their help.

Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America
Memories of SunQuoted from the book flap: “What is it like to grow up in different parts of Africa today? And what’s it like to be a child of two cultures — an American living in Africa or an African living in America? In South Africa visit the Bushman Farm, where a lonely girl meets a group of Bushmen who are making their living as a tourist attraction — and finds friendship and family as she’s never known them before. In Tanzania join an American family on an unforgettable safari whose highlights include a broken car, a camp of armed men, heat, tsetse flies, and laughter. In Los Angeles be surprised by what happens when a teenage veteran from war in Sierra Leone comes into conflict with a local gang leader. Jane Kurtz, who is herself a child of two cultures — Ethiopia and America — has gathered a remarkable collection of voices. These twelve stories and three poems sing of Africa, of America, and of people changing, growing, crying, and laughing under the same sun.


Babu’s Song
Babu's SongBernardi, a Tanzanian boy, lives with his grandfather, Babu. Bernardi wants to go to school and play soccer, but they don’t have enough money. Then, Babu gives Bernardi a music box.

The Best Worst Brother
In this sequel to the popular storybook We’ll Paint the Octopus Red, Isaac is almost three years old and Emma is in elementary school. Emma misses the adoring baby brother Isaac used to be. Now that he’s older, he’s a pain. It is an endearing and realistic look at how a relationship evolves between a typically developing older sister and her younger brother with a developmental disability.


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