December 9, 2010
Red in the Flower Bed
by Bethany Hudson
A few weeks ago, I was approached by Tribute Books to review an upcoming release, Red in the Flower Bed.
Written by Andrea Nepa, the mother of an adopted Vietnamese daughter, this metaphoric rhyming tale spins the story of a little poppy seed that makes its way on the wind “from east to west” until it finds “the place that’s best” for it to be planted and grow. Poppy may not match the other flowers in the garden, but all together, they form a beautiful family.
While I must admit that the rhyme was at times a bit forced (though no more so than so than many other children’s books I’ve read and enjoyed; let’s be honest folks: rhyme schemes are tough!), the story was lovely. I appreciated that the metaphor was organic and never contrived. The sweet illustrations are colorful, imaginative, and engaging. I think this book would be a wonderful gift for anyone who has an adopted family member or who is considering adoption.
Red in the Flower Bed is scheduled for sales beginning Monday, December 12th. Pick up a copy for an adoptive parent or adopted child this Christmas!
Congratulations on a lovely addition to this important niche of children’s lit, Andrea! And thanks to Tribute for letting me help spread the word.
Image Source: Cover and photograph of Andrea Nepa and daughter, Leah, provided by Tribute Books for this review.