post Tsion’s Life

October 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Literature Corner — Lissan Magazine @ 14:36

New children’s book teaches Ethiopian American children about their first country.

Stacy and Paul Bellward (Minnesota) adopted their oldest daughter 4 years ago from Ethiopia. Ethiopian adoption is growing…fast. Last year alone, 1,255 children came to the US.
“When we adopted, we promised we would teach our daughter about Ethiopia, we didn’t know how much we would fall in love with it too.”


After adopting, the Bellward’s searched for resources to learn more about Ethiopia and specifically children’s books that would teach their daughter about the land she was from. “There were virtually no books about Ethiopia, especially for children. We knew we could to something about that,” says Stacy Bellward.

In Ethiopian Voices: Tsions Life (July 31, 2008, stellar photographs combined with first person and narrative text show personality and emotion while teaching about Ethiopian culture and even some Amharic words. It could be a children’s coffee table book, but with basic facts such as: coffee was discovered in Ethiopia and there is a huge castle in the Ethiopian mountains.

“Tsion’s Life is a project from the heart that was born from our adoptive experience but brings Ethiopia, its people and culture to families, classrooms and libraries in an engaging way,” says author Stacy Bellward.

Please call if you would like more information to do a book review or you wish to interview Paul or Stacy Bellward, meet their gorgeous girls and talk about Ethiopian adoption and how it has changed their lives.

For much more information about our family and Stacy’s books:
Or contact Stacy Bellward:, 612-636-7878


Amharic Kids
7201 88th Ave. N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


  1. Hmmnn..Im not really familiar with that Ethiopian adopting thing. I just wanna ask of where are the mothers of these children? I’m really not in favor with adopting because I do believe that every child has the right to be with their real parents. I mean why do they let others do their own responsibility as parents?
    Having a child is a blessing and that I hope they’ll realize.

    Comment by mely — 13. July 2011 @ 08:51

  2. I am a kindergarten teacher and am planning to read this book to my students. Do you think the level of this book is too high for 5-year olds?

    Comment by Nancy A De Lira — 29. July 2012 @ 21:35

  3. Me gustaría saber si este libro esta traducido al español
    Un saludo

    Comment by tsion — 21. April 2013 @ 01:13

  4. Hi! I’m true Tsion and I wanna greet You. You are my no. 1!

    Greetings from the trip with my new boyfriend to Cambodia!

    Comment by Tsion — 30. April 2014 @ 16:12

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