The Story of a Writer
December 6, 2010
Andrea Nepa Virtual Book Tour
by Beverly Stowe McClure
Today it is my pleasure to host Andrea Nepa on her Virtual Book Tour.
One day a tiny seed drops from a poppy flower. The ground is too dry for the seed to grow, however. So begins the seed’s quest, with the help of the wind, to find its place in the world.
Author Andrea Nepa has written a gentle story about belonging. Where the seed starts its life is not the right place for it. In the seed’s journey to find a home, it encounters one obstacle after another. Life seldom runs smoothly, for plant life or for human life. Even though discouraged at times, the seed continues its search. Does it succeed in discovering a place of its own? Or does the seed give up when encountering seemingly impossible odds? Young readers travel along with the seed and will no doubt be cheering it along to find the right spot to settle, a place to belong.
The illustrations by Ms. Nepa are simple and gentle, like the story. The soft colors she uses hint at lightness and happiness. Red in the Flower Bed would make a nice bedtime story to snuggle up with your child and read together or to sit in front of a warm fireplace and share the story of a little seed with courage. The subtitle states this is a tale of adoption. Perhaps children will see the connection, perhaps not. However, children might have questions which could open a discussion between parents and children about their relationship. This book would make a nice addition for nursery schools and preschools for their reading time and for home libraries, as well. Children will see that there is a special place in this world for each of them.