Elizabeti's Doll is the story of a young girl who catches a glimpse of powerful maternal emotions through symbolic play. Elizabeti longs to imitate her mother's caring for a new baby brother. There are no baby dolls in her village in rural Tanzania, so a singular rock serves as a replacement. This unconventional premise primes the reader for a tale of universal love. This elegant story won the 1999 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. I marveled at the rock-doll's character development! This perspective sets my lesson apart from two other exemplary, free teacher guides for this book.