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Meet Tsion,

an eleven year old Ethiopian girl as she talks about her life and her country. Stunning photographs bring the reader to Tsion's house, school, church, dinner table and more. Informative cultural facts are included. Buy Now

  • 2009 Notable book for a Global Society - International Reading Association
  • 2009 IPPY, Bronze, Multicultural Nonfiction
  • 2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze, Multicultural Nonfiction
  • 2009 ForeWard Magazine Books of the Year, Finalist
  • 2009 Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award, Finalist, Children's Nonfiction
  • 2009 Midwest Independent Book Award, Winner, Children's Nonfiction
  • 2009 Midwest Independent Book Award, Bronze, Illustrations


Author / Illustrator
Stacy spent her teenage years in Tanzania, and although she has lived and worked on four continents, she holds Ethiopia especially close since adopting their Ethiopian-born daughter. In response to the lack of Ethiopian resources for adoptive families, she wrote her first book, Our First Amharic Words. Together with her husband, Paul, she launched Amharic Kids. Stacy and Paul live with their two daughters in Minnesota but look forward to the day when they can spend extended time giving back in Ethiopia
Erlend Berge, a freelance journalist and photographer from Norway, has traveled through many countries for work and pleasure—always with a camera. He recently had “four fantastic months in Ethiopia, enjoying great food, the best coffee, and the famous Ethiopian hospitality.” His works include a black-and-white photography book entitled Moments from Nepal and many photographs and articles published in magazines and newspapers. Visit his Web site at www.erlendberge.no.


"The striking photographs and carefully selected domestic scenes in Tsion’s Life beautifully capture the day-to-day of one Addis Ababa family. This charming book is perfect for parents and educators seeking to give children an engaging and accurate glimpse into life in Ethiopia.”
Rebecca Haile, Held At a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

"This beautiful book offers a rare glimpse into the everyday life of many children, scenes, and words of Ethiopia … a perfect resource for schools, adoptive families and Ethiopian American families.”
Jane Kurtz, co-founder of Ethiopia Reads and author of twenty five books

"I highly recommend this beautiful book to libraries and anyone interested in cultures other than their own.”
Guthema Roba, African Collections Project, Hennepin County Libraries, Minnesota

"As an adoptive parent, I recognize the importance of my daughter connecting with her birth culture. This book answers questions that I could not.”
Carolyn Curti, Ethiopian Adoptive Parent

“This is a stunningly beautiful book! Beautifully written, illustrated and designed."
Dave Spohn, Senior Art Director for Halzeldon Press, Children’s Author/Illustrator and Adoptive Father