A Brand New Day by A. S. Chung

Published: 1st July 2014Goodreads badge
Publisher:
Pigeonhole Books
Pages: 32
Format: ebook
Genre: Childrens Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Mondays and Tuesdays are fun, going on cooking adventures with Dad. We look forward to Wednesdays and Thursday too when we get to be a green thumb with Mum. Don’t forget the holidays! Spring breaks with Mum and hot summer camping with Dad. Each day is a truly special day!

A Banana Split Story is a series within the Pigeonhole Books collection that features stories about children from separated and divorced families.

Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.

This is a sweet story about one child’s experience with divorce, making it into a fun adventure and showing that having two houses, two families, and being apart doesn’t have to be a terrible experience.

The narrative rhymes but in a gentle manner, nothing Dr Suess style that becomes too extreme. The rhymes also remain within the story, the narrative being the focus with the rhymes making it an easy read which flows nicely.

There is only a single sentence often to a double page, with the words reflected in the accompanying illustrations. The illustrations themselves are adorable and while simply coloured, capture great family moments and enhance the story visually.

The message is really sweet and Chung has explored divorce in a simple manner that will speak to kids about new experiences they may be going through. It doesn’t mention any of the reasons why the divorce happened, or any real aftermath, though things are implied such as a step brother. For a quick read but one with an important message this is a great little book and one that brings home the point that while the parents are separated, they still love their child.

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