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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (Nov. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431224
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,742,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 wit

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Stevie 4 April 2000
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: School & Library Binding
Stevie, written and illustrated by John Steptoe when he was only 16 yrs. old, was the inauguration of a wonderful career as a children's author for Mr. Steptoe. All of his books are heartfelt, compassionate, richly illustrated, and can bridge the gap among all races; he was doing the multicultural thing well before it was "multicultural"ly defined and politically correct. Stevie fits in with our current PC climate without coming off as trendy and purposeful. It simply tells a tale of a young boy, Stevie, who is sent to stay with an older boy and his family while Stevie's mother works at her new job. The older boy, Robert, resents the intrusion of Stevie in his life. Always tagging along, getting footprints on the bedcovers, and acting "like a baby" to Robert's mother, Stevie is the classic irritating but innocent little brother who, in the end will be sorely missed by Robert when Stevie's mother finally comes to take him back home with her. As a young white reader who grew up in a very white world, this book, about two African-American boys, was always my very favorite children's book not only because of the stunning illustration, but because of the commonality and familiarity this book held with me: it could have easily been my story. And it could have been any story for any child anywhere. I loved the fact that it was introduced at a time when race relations needed bridging and commonalities needed awareness. It is a book for the ages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Memorable for more than 30 years! 21 April 2005
By S. K. Hewitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book made such an impression on me when I was only 7 or 8. I am now in my mid-40s, and I can still remember the story and how intrigued I was with the artwork. I remember crying for Robert's loss of Stevie. I remember feeling the same feelings as Robert as he came to lose his jealousy of Stevie and soften his feelings toward him.

Some might think that this book would be appropriate for only African-American children, but I was a white child and consider it among the top 10 books I read as a young child. And even though this book was written so long ago, it still has major significance today.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Wonderful 9 May 2011
By B. Wolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stevie is told from the perspective of Robert, whose mother takes in a 4 year old foster child. "Stevie moved in with his cry baby self" says Robert, who finds his new "little brother" annoying. It's kind of like the book "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," where Peter finds that his kid brother takes up all his parents' attention. But he doesn't realize there's fun things about having a kid brother. At least not until Stevie leaves with his real mother, and then Robert is left with nothing but regret.

I come from an Orthodox Jewish family. Our people rarely take in foster kids, not because we don't care, but because there are fewer Jewish kids who need foster homes. But after teaching African American kids for a few years, I learned how it more common in their community. You have families in all the cities taking in nephews and cousins from the south, and at the same time the parents in New York or Chicago often send their son to stay with relatives in Georgia, because he's getting into trouble in the city.

Stevie is an important book for kids to read. First off, it was written and drawn by a teenager. Second, it touches on the issue of sharing, which is tough on a lot of kids. They're not in control of their money, and they don't own (or even rent) the home where they live, so they're at the mercy of their parents.
Enough Love to Go Around 27 Jun. 2003
By TheRAWKidzReview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Robert is an only child and he is used to having his mother all to himself. One day Robert's mother announces that Stevie will be coming to stay with them while his mother is working during the week and Robert is not happy. Robert gets jealous of the attention the younger Stevie (who Robert considers a crybaby) gets from his parents and hates the fact that he has to share his toys, friends and everything else with Stevie. Robert cannot wait until Stevie's mother comes to pick him up at the end of the week, or can he?
Stevie was published by John Steptoe when he was only nineteen years old. He expertly captures the feelings many children have when they have to share things or attention with a younger child or sibling. Check out Stevie, for a humorous story that most anyone can relate to.
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stevie on stevie 23 Nov. 2009
By Steven G. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this was one of my favorite books as a child because my name was stevie but the book has a lesson for the younger reader on acceptance and tolerance especially helpful for a child learning to cope with a younger child being around and how to be a "good" big brother.
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