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Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story about Interracial Adoption Paperback – Large Print, December 12, 2008
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A charming and loving approach to help all children understand adoption. Andrea Nepa has captured the essence of adoption and family, and has illustrated it beautifully with images and poetry that even a small child can comprehend and enjoy. I highly recommend this book for children to share with their parents. --Steven G. Dubin, Esquire, Adoption Attorney
An adoption journey is beautifully depicted with comforting imagery of a poppy flower that is welcomed in a garden family. Children and adults will enjoy the simple yet meaningful story and homespun illustrations. --Stacy Dori, regional director of foster care & adoption services, Friendship House, Scranton, Pennsylvania
What a charming story of seeds being planted in the perfect place, exactly where they belong. --LeAnn Thieman, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
About the Author
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 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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The story opens "a seed dropped from a poppy flower" but -- because the earth was too dry and no place for the seed to grow -- it was carried by the wind to find a place that was best. One night they found a garden that the wind thought "will match." The other flowers were excited for the seed's arrival: "What will she look like? Who will she be? We can't wait to see!" After the seed grows and blooms, she declares that she is "now with my family."
There are no illustrations of what the other flowers look like. But on the last page, a daisy says: "There is now red in the flower bed. And best of all, look down the row ... We have a complete rainbow!"
When I first read the book, I was disappointed. But now, as I reread it, I love that it's generic. It could be used with a young child or even a teen or adult. It will likely be a good conversation starter. And -- as a foster parent -- I think it can be used to talk with children who may be in our family temporarily too.
The author has a blog -- check it out!
This book is subtle and abstract - there is no obvious mention about adoption, but the message is there nonetheless.