The Practical Mom Guide,
March 23, 2010
Review - Red in the Flower Bed
by Joy Warfsman
Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story About Interracial Adoption was written by Andrea Nepa who is herself an adoptive parent. It tells the story of a poppy seed that is carried by the wind to its new home amid a garden of flowers. The story tells how the poppy seed grows roots and blooms. Nepa has not discounted the emotional element to this analogy about adoption. I like that she mentions how the poppy shed tears when the seed went away and how happy the garden flowers were at the new arrival and how excited they were to see who the little seed would become. The little poppy seed ended up exactly where she was supposed to be.
This book is listed for children ages 9-12 but I can see it being read to younger children. It is a beautiful story book and a good way to introduce the concept of adoption to younger children. The illustrations with the various patterns are well crafted and reminiscent of scenes from a scrapbook.