A Brand New Day receives a 5 STAR review from author C.J. Anaya of The Healer Series. She began writing short stories for family and friends when she was thirteen years old. This soon morphed into an extensive project every year during Christmas as a way to create a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift. Her passion for reading and writing led her to following her own dreams of becoming a published author.
C.J. also contributes her book reviews every fortnight for the Skin Deep Exposures online magazine. SDE Magazine is a quarterly publication committed to meeting women where they are and then inspiring and uplifting them as they discover where they are meant to be. Please find the original posting here.
Here is her most generous review:
Hello to all of you voracious readers. Today I’ve highlighted a story that takes on a difficult aspect of life and helps to search out the positives for children and parents alike. A Brand New Day introduces the issue of divorce and addresses the outcome in a way that helps children transition into their new and sometimes overwhelming circumstances.
I adored this children’s book. From the delightful illustrations to the sweet, poignant message, I think the author has provided families with a special treasure we should all add to our children’s book collection. Divorce is a difficult matter to take on, and finding the positives in this situation is a refreshing approach. I think the poetic lines of the poem break down the different moments spent with separate parents in a happy, feel good way, and the message of this book encourages little ones going through such a difficult experience to remember that separate doesn’t equal unloved. It simply means they are being loved in two different homes with two different families.
I’ve never experienced a divorce myself, but other parents going through it have mentioned to me their worries and concerns about their children and the negative emotional consequences they must suffer. It’s for this reason that I decided to highlight this book on my blog and SDE magazine in the hopes that it will help those of you who are going through a divorce to find a comforting resource within the pages of this book.
The author used a beautiful poem that is easily understood by children while being intricate enough for adults to appreciate the innate beauty in the words themselves. This story is meant to help parents in their quest to ease their children into that transition from one household to two. I highly recommend this children’s book to all families everywhere.
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A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story is a children’s picture book about divorce. It tells the story of a little girl who has to split her time between two homes so that she can spend time with her mother and father throughout the week. The book is written in gentle rhyme accompanied by beautiful artwork with a muted colour palette.
The story also introduced the concept of a blended family as the little girl inherits a step brother. The story never once mentions the word “divorce” and presents this life challenge in a positive light. The book was written to demonstrate that despite being in divorce family, the child can still create special moments with each parent and still be very loved.
A Brand New Day has recently won awards in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards, Purple Dragonfly Book Award and the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest.
Pigeonhole Books creates children’s picture books for blended, divorced, multicultural and same-sex families. It is a gentle resource that aims to deal with life’s challenges through beautiful illustrations and loving words.
A Brand New Day, by self-published author A.S. Chung, has won a bronze award for the category of Children’s Concept books in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Award contest! A Brand New Day is a children’s picture book about divorce using loving words and beautiful illustrations. We are absolutely thrilled as contestants range from first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers and celebrities!
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A Brand New Day has been reviewed by BookIdeas.com. BookIdeas.com is one of the Internet’s most popular destinations for book lovers everywhere it finds strength in its diversity of viewpoints and cultural affiliations. All are bound by one common thread–the love of good books and the creativity, ideas, thoughts, debates, and intellect found within them.
The book was reviewed by senior editor John L. Hoh who has written over a dozen books and numerous articles for newspapers and magazine. He gave A Brand New Day 4.5 stars and we thank him for taking the time to write such an honest review. This is what he had to say:
“This book is published by a rather new Australian author and publishing firm. The author was going through a divorce and wanted some comfort and security for her children. Finding no books on the market that speak positively to kids, she wrote her own.
The narrator in the story relates the days of the week as she (?) bounces between mom and dad. The narrator relates the activities enjoyed with each parent. In the narrative, it should be mentioned, the parents are both active with the child. The book pretty much follows a shared placement arrangement. In fact it echoes my own arrangement with my son and his mother with the exception we alternate weekends rather than divide up the days in the weekend. But the narrator, like my son Matthew, spends Mondays and Tuesdays with dad and Wednesdays and Thursdays with mom.
I found this book very refreshing and helpful. The illustrations are of the classic style, line art in black/gray with red highlights.
Pigeonhole Books publishes primarily books for children of separated or divorced parents. I cannot wait to see what titles come out next.”
Tony Jerris is an accomplished playwright, author, and screenwriter. His off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! ran in New York City before premiering in Los Angeles. As an author, Tony created a trilogy of children’s books. The first in the series, The Littlest Spruce, was featured on Good Morning America. The third book, The Littlest Witch, he adapted into a musical that is being licensed by Steele Spring Licensing. His book, “Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret,” has been featured on Extra-TV and The Reelz Channel. His current ventures include several film projects, including a new stop-motion feature called The Potters with JenKev Productions. Tony currently lives in Los Angeles and is excited to be working with up-and-coming artist, Oliver Batin.
Taking the time out of his hectic career, Tony has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day:
“A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story, is a charming read, written in rhyme, that doesn’t get preachy about children of divorce (or separation). The author, A.S. Chung, doesn’t focus on the negatives of a child whose parents are divorced, rather, she conveys a positive message of how a child can continue to spend time with “both” parents (not to mention a step brother). Along with Paula Bossio’s delightful illustrations, A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story is simple enough for young readers, yet entertaining enough for adults. Ultimately, this would be a great book for parents who are divorced to read along with their children. I look forward to reading more from this author.”
Pigeonhole Books was invited to participate in a Character Blog Hop by Carmela Dutra of A Blog For Your Thoughts. The main character of A Brand New Day was featured and is a great way for everyone to get to know her. Carmela is a children’s picture book author of Lorenzo The Bear. The original posting may be found here.
What is the name of your character?
My character is nameless and will continue to be so for the rest of the Banana Split Story series. For the purpose of the storyline, I felt that naming the character was unnecessary as he/she was to represent all young children around the ages of 3-6 years who hail from a divorced family.
Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
This character is based on my daughter, who was 5 years old at the time of writing. I wrote this story for her. I wanted to show her that despite the fact that her father and I were no longer together, it does not mean that we love her any less or that life would be any more difficult or less happy. I wanted to show her some of the special things that could come out of a separated family and how love could conquer anything!
When and where does the story take place?
The story is timeless and knows no boundaries. Divorce is a prevalent life challenge experienced in all walks of life.
What is the personal goal of the character?
The personal goal of this character is to represent all the young children in society today who have to live in a family with divorced parents. The character shows love, resilience and a positive outlook on life.
What are the problems your character faces?
As A Brand New Day is about divorce and that alone is the major problem at hand. Instead on dwelling on the issue however, the character chooses to see the brighter side of life and understands that it is possible to live a full and happy life, despite her parents being separated.
Skin Deep Exposures Magazine is a quarterly publication committed to meeting women where they are and then inspiring and uplifting them as they discover where they are meant to be. Dedicated to equipping our readers and each other to develop healthy, natural and productive lifestyles through self acceptance and love of others, our goal is to promote the significance of each individual journey and the recognition of the beauty of the scars that accompany our unique testimonies. We offer a safe and judgement free environment in which to connect and encourage one another to recognize and embrace the extraordinary God- given beauty we each possess from the inside, out. Click here for the feature on A Brand New Day.