Monday, December 6, 2010

Andrea Nepa Virtual Book Tour

Today it is my pleasure to host Andrea Nepa on her Virtual Book Tour. 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 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

I also had the opportunity to read Ms. Nepa's picture book and would like to tell you a little about it. 
 an illustrated children's story about interracial adoption   

Andrea Nepa Author and Illustrator

One day a tiny seed drops from a poppy flower. The ground is too dry for the seed to grow, however. So begins the seed’s quest, with the help of the wind, to find its place in the world.

Author Andrea Nepa has written a gentle story about belonging. Where the seed starts its life is not the right place for it. In the seed’s journey to find a home, it encounters one obstacle after another. Life seldom runs smoothly, for plant life or for human life. Even though discouraged at times, the seed continues its search. Does it succeed in discovering a place of its own? Or does the seed give up when encountering seemingly impossible odds? Young readers travel along with the seed and will no doubt be cheering it along to find the right spot to settle, a place to belong.

The illustrations by Ms. Nepa are simple and gentle, like the story. The soft colors she uses hint at lightness and happiness. Red in the Flower Bed would make a nice bedtime story to snuggle up with your child and read together or to sit in front of a warm fireplace and share the story of a little seed with courage. The subtitle states this is a tale of adoption. Perhaps children will see the connection, perhaps not. However, children might have questions which could open a discussion between parents and children about their relationship. This book would make a nice addition for nursery schools and preschools for their reading time and for home libraries, as well. Children will see that there is a special place in this world for each of them.

For more information about the author and her book, check out these sites:

Book web site:

Andrea Nepa Facebook:!/profile.php?id=1664060822

Tribute Books website:

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Buy links:


Books make great gifts. Enjoy your visit.


  1. Oh, what a wrenching story behind the book. I have several students who are adopted and I will get the book to keep in my classroom!

  2. Thank you, Darby. We don't realize how blessed we are until we hear stories like this one. I'm sure your students will be able to relate. My mother was a foster child though her parents never legally adopted her.

  3. Aww, thanks Beverly for such a touching review. We really appreciate it. I love how you said RED IN THE FLOWER BED is a gentle story of belonging. So true!

    Thanks for sharing the book with the readers of The Story of a Writer and for participating in the blog tour.

    We appreciate your thoughtful and insightful review.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

    P.S. Darby we're thrilled that you are going to get the book for your classroom. Thank you very much!

  4. You're welcome, Nicole. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Best of luck to Andrea and to you.

  5. Thanks! for the great review

  6. You're welcome. It is a lovely story that is just right for our current world.

  7. Beverly - thank you very much for reviewing my book.

    Darby - if you get a chance to pick up a copy, I'd love to hear your thoughts.