Friday, December 17, 2010


Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story about Interracial Adoption

by Andrea Nepa

My thoughts:

Red in the Flower Bed is a book written to help children understand adoption, specifically interracial adoption.  The seed cannot thrive and survive next to its "mother" so she sends it in the wind to find a place where it can.  Eventually, the seed finds a place amongst other flowers, not of its species, but it fits in none the less.  The wording is simple, but poetic and would be easy enough even for small children to understand.  The illustrations are also simple, but no less beautiful.  I recommend this picture book...not only for adopted children, but for all children.  It really is a good story showing that it's okay to be different and that you can still fit in.

About the book:

The journey of adoption is beautifully depicted with the comforting imagery of a poppy flower who is welcomed into a garden family. It is a charming story of "seeds" being planted in the perfect place - exactly where they belong. Children and adults will enjoy this simple yet meaningful story and homespun illustrations. The book's loving approach helps children to understand adoption. Andrea Nepa has captured the essence of adoption and family, and has illustrated it beautifully with images and poetry that even a small child can comprehend and enjoy.

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Andrea Nepa Bio:

Andrea Nepa is the mother of an adopted Vietnamese daughter named Leah. In 2001, Adoptions from the Heart assisted with the international adoption. Andrea dedicated her book to her daughter: "For my dear Leah, whose journey in her young life has already taken her to far away and unexpected places." In 2006, Leah was diagnosed with cancer. She is currently in remission. Andrea lives with Leah and her husband, David, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She is a registered dietitian for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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I would like to thank Nicole with Tribute Books for inviting me to participate on this tour and to review this lovely book.

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