Red in the Flower Bed Book Review
Red in the Flower Bed is a wonderful illustrated children’s story about interracial adoption. It uses the example of a poppy seed falling to the grown and wasn’t wanted, and the wind carrying it away to a place that it was wanted and could grow. And even though this poppy seed would be different, it would grow into a beautiful flower among the other flowers in the garden.
I was very blessed to grow up in a community with as many blacks as whites, and even more blessed to have parents and grandparents that instilled in us to love and respect everyone regardless of their color. How sad for someone who is not accepted because they are different. This wonderful book shows children that we can be beautiful and useful no matter how different we are. And also be needed, just as this poppy flower was needed to make up the red for the rainbow! I recommend this book for parents to read to their children, even if there are not adopted children in the family. All children at some point in the small lives will come in contact with children that are adopted, or that is different.
A special thank you to Tribute Books for a pdf copy of this book to review. But even though you can see the pictures and colors in the e-copy, I think the printed copy would be much better!!
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About the Author………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.