Monday, February 7, 2011

Red in the Flower Bed- Book Review

Red in the Flower Bed

Andrea Nepa

This is a cute book and is available as a download to Kindle as well as a hardback/ e-book. Very cute illustrations too. Read my brief review. I love reviewing books for this site and my professional blogs because it is so important to keep books alive for our children. There is always a story to tell.

This is a simple book with a grown up and inspirational message that I was both surprised and impressed. It follows the journey of a poppy seed through many places where it would not bloom to the unlikely yet perfect place for it to be planted. Just like in interracial adoptions, a child might feel transplanted into a different culture, yet it becomes the perfect place for that child to bloom.

Andrea Nepa wrote the book for her adopted Vietnamese daughter, Leah. Her little girl made the long journey first to the United States and into a new family. Then later, her journey led her down a medical pathway when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Now in remission, Leah blooms.

The story is easy to read with simple words yet resonates an emotionally impacted message for adults ands children about belonging. Read it over and over, and in the words of Mary Englebright- "Bloom where you are planted." The lesson for adults as well as the children.

I never receive compensation for book reviews and if a hard copy is sent for review, it is donated to local libraries, the elementary school, or the pediatric unit of the hospital where I work. The opinions in the review are my own.

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