Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Red in the Flower Bed Blog Tour













Andrea Nepa has written a book for children about the joys of inter-racial adoption based on her experience of having adopted a daughter from Vietnam. When Nicole at Tribute Books approached me about writing a review of “Red in the Flower Bed” and told me the subject matter of the book, I jumped at the chance. My sister and her husband had adopted two beautiful and amazing bi-racial children over 20 years ago and I have seen first hand both the struggles and the joys she experienced in raising children who look different from their parents.

The story line of “Red in the Flower Bed” was a very simple rhyme and the artwork consisted of a colorful scrapbook theme, which happens to be my favorite kind of art in children's books because it looks like something that children could create themselves.

The story follows a poppy seed as it falls from the center of the flower and floats away in the wind to find a home in a garden bed filled with a large variety of colorful flowers. What I especially loved about this story was that the subject matter was very subtle; if I hadn’t known ahead of time that this story was a portrayal of inter-racial adoption, I would not have picked up on the clues. So often children's books that are written to support a cause or to teach a lesson, up being technical and preachy and the children for whom they are written become disinterested, and the parents reading these type of books often dislike the story. However, “Red in the Flower Bed” was not preachy or technical at all, it was just a simple and charming story that both children and parents are bound to enjoy and could lead to many loving discussions about bi-racial adoption.

My thanks to Nicole for this opportunity to review “Red in the Flower Bed!”

7 comments:

  1. Aww thanks Anne for sharing RED IN THE FLOWER BED with the readers of Imprisoned in My Bones. We appreciate your support of the book and for participating in the blog tour.

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book - especially since interracial adoption has also lovingly touched your own family. It means a lot to have your recommendation.

    Best wishes,
    Nicole
    Tribute Books

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  2. Aloha!!=)

    Great review!

    I thought the same thing as well when I seen the illustrations- scrapbook style but I thought a little arts and craft as well. In fact, my daughters and I will be using my scrap fabric to make a a picture like the illustrations seen!!=)


    I'm also participating in the book tour. Here is my review:
    http://www.lovlivlifereviews.com/2010/12/book-tour-red-in-flower-bed-by-andrea.html

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  3. Thank you very much for reviewing my book.

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  4. I really enjoy reading your blog post. I really love the interaction of the comments. This is very nice and I really love this much. The story line of Red in the Flower Bed was a very simple rhyme and the artwork consisted of a colorful scrapbook theme. The blog post is so nice.

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  5. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book - especially since interracial adoption has also lovingly touched your own family. It means a lot to have your recommendation.

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  6. I especially loved about this story was that the subject matter was very subtle; if I hadn’t known ahead of time that this story was a portrayal of inter-racial adoption.
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