Stevie

Paperback | November 13, 1986

byJohn Steptoe

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An African-American child resents and then misses a little foster brother.

One day my momma told me, "You know you're gonna have a little friend come stay with you." And I said, "Who is it?" and "For how long?"

That's when Stevie moved in with his crybaby self. He played with my toys and broke them, and he left dirty footprints all over my bed. But then Stevie left again, and I missed him. I missed playing Cowboys and Indians on the stoop and watching cartoons in the morning. Maybe. . .just maybe, Stevie wasn't so bad after all.

Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)
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1978 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
Society of Illustrators Gold Medal
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One day Robert's mother told him, 'You know you're gonna have a little friend come stay with you.'So little Stevie came. And right away he was nothing but a pest. He'd break Robert's toys and get him in trouble. All the time he got in the way with his old spoiled self.

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An African-American child resents and then misses a little foster brother.One day my momma told me, "You know you're gonna have a little friend come stay with you." And I said, "Who is it?" and "For how long?" That's when Stevie moved in with his crybaby self. He played with my toys and broke them, and he left dirty footprints all over...

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One day Robert's mother told him, 'You know you're gonna have a little friend come stay with you.'So little Stevie came. And right away he was nothing but a pest. He'd break Robert's toys and get him in trouble. All the time he got in the way with his old spoiled self.

John Steptoe was born in Brooklyn. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories with them. He started work on Stevie, his first picture book, when he was sixteen, and Stevie was published three years later to outstanding critical acclaim. Since then, he has written and illustrated many successful books for children. John Lew...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9 × 6.81 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 1986Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064431223

ISBN - 13:9780064431224

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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One day Robert's mother told him, 'You know you're gonna have a little friend come stay with you.'So little Stevie came. And right away he was nothing but a pest. He'd break Robert's toys and get him in trouble. All the time he got in the way with his old spoiled self.

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"The story makes use of a universal emotional experience sure to leave young readers with a warm, satisfied feeling. The [illustrations] are truly memorable." (SLJ.)