A Brand New Day

A Banana Split Story

Children - Picture Book
44 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2014
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Author Biography

A.S. Chung is a mother of a young toddler, blogger and author of children’s picture books. A recent divorce inspired her to create Pigeonhole Books, which is a gentle resource to deal with life’s challenges. Her first book, A Brand New Day, was written as a way to communicate with her daughter and show her that life continues after difficult times. A Brand New Day recently won the 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards.

She has a great desire to preach positive messages and the importance of love and family to young children. Therefore, Pigeonhole Books is a project very close to her heart. Apart from the topic of divorce, Pigeonhole Books also deals with same-sex, blended and multiracial families. Her next book Wishful Wedding is her first LGBTQ children’s literature dealing with marriage equality and same gender marriage.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story, written by A.S. Chung and illustrated by Paula Bossio, addresses the lives of children of separation and divorce as they spend some days with their mothers and other days with their fathers. The main character of this story is a girl who is loved by her mother and father. She loves her days with each of them as she spends some days with her mum and some with her dad because they have separate homes. The girl shares what she enjoys doing with her parents. With her father, she enjoys cooking and camping, and on days with her mother she enjoys gardening, playing with her step-brother and having tea parties. The girl knows that she is loved by both her mother and father, and she loves them both and enjoys spending time with both.

A.S. Chung shares a story of a girl who has two homes in A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story. This story is great as it will help children of separation and divorce learn that they are not alone in their family situation and also it can be reassuring for children to know that it is okay to enjoy both homes and not feel as if they have to pick a favorite home and/or parent. This book would be an excellent resource to use in a counseling group for elementary students in similar situations.