Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blog Tour - Book Review: Red in the Flower Bed

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.

--From Goodreads

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My Review:
Red in the Flower Bed is a beautifully imagined story about interracial adoption. It's sweet and lilting prose captures a child's attention, while the stunning illustrations capture their imagination. Honestly, I do believe that this book would be perfect for any child who has gone through an adoption. Especially if they question why they may not look like their other family members.

The simple analogy of a child to a seed is fantastic. Just as the seed needs to move on to another patch of ground to fully grow, Andrea Nepa shows that sometimes a child must move on to a new family to fully grow. Red in the Flower Bed is an age-appropriate look at a tough topic for children, and is sure to open the floor for more discussion. I believe every child could benefit from this book even, since at the soul of it is the message of acceptance. Andrea Nepa shows children that everyone is beautiful, and fits in just where they are.

With beautiful illustrations and a sweet storyline, I'd definitely recommend Red in the Flower Bed to all families out there. Share it with your children and discuss. You can even read the first 10 pages of the book for free, right here.


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. 

Book Details
Title: Red in the Flower Bed
Author: Andrea Nepa
Publisher: Tribute Books
Pages: Paperback; 28
Source: Received from publisher for review.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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