Red in the Flower Bed- Book Review

Red in the Flower Bed
Andrea Nepa

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."

A great story for the hearts of children and especially touching for those children blessed to be adopted.


  1. Terri - thank you so much for your kind words about RED IN THE FLOWER BED. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book and for recommending it to all of your blog readers. We appreciate your support and for the fine work that you do.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

  2. Sounds like a good book to read when preparing for adoption. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I read this book too. It's simply beautiful. I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it too.

  4. It was my pleasure, I love sharing good books with parents and kids. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Wow! thanks for sharing this great review. I just finished writing a story about adoption. I am participating in the Picture Book Marathon.

    Nicole Weaver

  6. This sounds so wonderful and sweet. Excellent review, Terri. I am going to have to keep my eyes out for this one!


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