[I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. No other compensation was received.]
A Brand New Day is an uplifting and beautifully illustrated story about a little girl’s life with her parents after the divorce. It does a marvelous job of reminding us all that a parent’s marital status has nothing to do with how much they love their children.
Title: A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story
Author: A. S. Chung
Illustrator: Paula Bossio
Pigeonhole Books, July 2014, Fiction. ISBN: 978-0992538200
Suitable For Ages: 3 – 8+
Family, Divorce, Parents
“I love Mondays and Tuesdays when I get to stay with my Dad. I get to help make dinner with recipes from his notepad.”
A little girl tells us, in verse, about what her life is like on the alternating days that she spends with her mother and father.
Links To Resources:
- National Association of School Psychologists Recommendations for Helping Parents and Children Going through Divorce.
- UptoParents.org — “A free, confidential, and interactive website
for divorcing and divorced parents.”
- Parents.com – “11 Rules for Helping Your Child Deal With Divorce”
Why I Like A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story and Why You Should Read It:
- It’s a positive story. It focuses on all the wonderful things that the little girl gets to do with her mother and father.
- This is a wonderful book for parents to read with their children. A lot of parents have a tremendous amount of guilt for going through a divorce — but this story affirms that things really will be okay.
- Families come in all shapes and sizes. This is a marvelous representation that a child is still a whole person even if their parents are not married. While this may be obvious, it is important to see it from an outside source.
- It is so nice to see a book that shows life after divorce with people being happy — because it is so true!
- The delicate monochromatic illustrations with highlights of pink set a contented and playful tone.
- It’s a happy account of getting to spend one-on-one time with your mother or father.
- The story doesn’t specifically mention that the parents are divorced — so it could happily apply to any family where the parents of the child do not live together.
- My eldest son knows that my parents are divorced and this book gave us an opportunity to talk about what it was like for me as a child to go back and forth between parents.
- My son asked me if my husband and I would ever get a divorce — and while I certainly hope not — I did appreciate the opportunity to reassure him that if we did get a divorce we would all get through it, and we both would still love him, and his brother, very much.
- It is so nice to see a divorced family represented in a positive way. I wish this book had been around when I was a child — it definitely would have helped to put things in perspective — not just for me, but for those around me, too.
Where to Get it:
- [Affiliate Link] Amazon.com
- [Library] Worldcat.org – Ask your library for it.
- [Independent Bookstore] IndieBound.org
- [eBook version] Kobo
- Author: A. S. Chung
- Illustrator: Paula Bossio
More Reviews of this Book:
Children’s Illustrated eBook Review — A great interview with the author, A.S. Chung.
Where Obtained: I received a review copy from the publisher. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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