December 10, 2010
Celebrating the gift of adoption
by Anne McClure
We have good friends who are hoping to adopt, so I jumped at the chance to review Red in the Flower Bed by Andrea Nepa.
Andrea, adoptive mother of Leah, wrote this book as a way to explain interracial adoption to kids. It’s a simple story about a seed carried to a faraway garden that eventually blooms where it has been planted and brings a unique beauty to the flowerbed.
This short story is written in rhyme, which did feel a little forced at times. Yet children will appreciate the simplicity, and parents can use each tiny section as an entrance point into the topic.
What I most appreciated about this book was the sweet simplicity of the metaphor and the layered, scrapbook-style illustrations. As I turned the colorful pages, I thought about my friends who have adopted and their joyful experience of building this special bond.
View the trailer and purchase the book at Tribute Books’ website.