Thursday, December 16, 2010

Children’s Book Review: Red in the Flower Bed, by Andrea Nepa

In Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story about Interracial Adoption, by Andrea Nepa, a little poppy seed cannot flourish where she is born because the soil is dry, so the mother flower makes the decision to let the wind carry the seed away to a land where she’ll be able to grow better. The little seed heads west until she lands in a lovely garden of flowers, where she is welcomed warmly by the other flowers, even though she soon begins to grow into a flower that the others don’t recognize. But the red poppy rejoices because she has found a family, and all the flowers make a beautiful and harmonious rainbow of colors!

At first, children reading Red in the Flower Bed may see this book as a sweet story about a seed that grows into a flower, but adults can guide them into realizing that this story is really a metaphor for adopting a child, especially from a different country or race. This story can jumpstart a conversation with any child, adopted or not, about what it means to be adopted, the possible reasons for adoption, and the emotions that are felt by all parties involved in the adoption process.

Watch the video below for a peek at Red in the Flower Bed:

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Written by the mother of an adopted Vietnamese daughter, Red in the Flower Bed is a beautifully written and illustrated book for families to share together. You can learn more about Red in the Flower Bed at Click here to join the author, Andrea Nepa, on Facebook.

DISCLOSURE: I viewed an electronic version of this book online to facilitate this review. No financial compensation or product samples were provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the Amazon links in this post.


  1. Susan - it's always a treat to have you review one of our titles. Thank you for your thoughtful look at RED IN THE FLOWER BED and for sharing the book with the readers of Susan Heim on Parenting (one of the best blogs out there!).

    I agree with you - the book can be read from the surface view by a young child but a parent/teacher can broaden its scope through interaction and discussion. You're right, it's great for the adopted child as well as his/her friends in order to understand and comprehend the concept of adoption.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

  2. Thank you very much for reviewing my book.


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