Monday, December 13, 2010

Catholic Mommy Brain review

Catholic Mommy Brain
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.

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