When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for Elizabeti’s Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and illustrated by Christy Hale.
Elizabeti’s Doll is a touching story of a young girl who watches her mother nurture her new baby brother. Inspired by her mother’s actions, Elizabeti selects a rock from the yard and names it Eva. The story follows her efforts to care for Eva, including rescuing it from the fire pit. In the end, as she is sleeping, her own mother kisses her goodnight and thinks that Elizabeti will be a fine mother one day.
The story is simple and universal. For many children, watching their parents play the role of caretaker inspires their own nurturing efforts and concerns. This story will resonate with young nurturers around the world. The tension and sadness with Elizabeti, as well as the relief when Eva is rescued, is poignant. It is as much a story about a girl pretending to be a mother as it is about the mother-daughter dynamic in the story. Beautiful.