December 7, 2010
Red in the Flower Bed by Andrea Nepa - Book Review
by Kara Flathouse
Red in the Flower Bed is a sweet children’s book about a seed that finally finds its home in a garden far away. The colorful illustrations and rhyming verses make this book not only fun to read, but capture the audiences of both young and old.
The simplicity of the story opens up the door to discussions on how the seed felt being so far from home, but so loved by its new garden family. Which can then lead to the topic of Interracial adoption, which is what the author Andrea Nepa wrote the story about.
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.
Theirs is a beautiful story, one that is shared by many families across the country. I believe the story of Red in the Flower Bed is a beautiful way to introduce children to adoption, as well as a meaningful story for those families who find themselves like the garden in the story.
It would also make a great Christmas gift! You can look here to see about purchasing it.
Thank you to Andrea Nepa and Tribute Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!