William Skibbe, a student who aspires to be a children’s book author, interviews Daniel Keith Austin, author of Chelsea’s New Beginning, for a school project. Date of interview: 11-19-2020.

As always, you can get a copy of Chelsea’s New Beginning by hitting the Buy The Book tab at the top right hand corner of this page!

Chelsea’s New Beginning has also been reviewed in Online Book Club!  Cecilia L., one of the members, gives the review here:

“Chelsea’s New Beginning by Daniel Keith Austin is an endearing children’s book about a little puppy that finds a new home after a previous owner rejects her. The young Golden Retriever feels confused and sad when she ends up in an animal shelter until she meets a kind friend named Nathan. She longs for a caring home and someone to love her. Will she find happiness?

The 38-page picture book is exceptionally edited and features charming illustrations of the sweet puppy. The children’s story addresses such themes as responsibility, acceptance, rejection, confusion, self-doubt, empathy, love, and friendship. Young readers are introduced to the puppy’s new friends, including Brizo, Ophelia, George, Lily, Rocky, and Sassy, as they learn the names of various breeds of dogs and cats. They will also discover how the Golden Retriever receives her new name, Chelsea.

Without revealing spoilers, I will say that I especially like how the story ends. I also appreciate the opportunity it provides to teach children about the responsibility involved in caring for pets. For instance, the book illustrated that the boy who first owned Chelsea was not ready to care for a pet. Even young readers can empathize with the little puppy’s feelings and self-doubts when she wonders if she did something wrong, causing her to end up in the shelter.

Additionally, the book includes beautiful illustrations featuring a soothing color palette by Melissa Nettleship. The scenes portray Chelsea in her first home, the animal shelter, and her new home, complementing the accompanying text perfectly.

It is my pleasure to rate Chelsea’s New Beginning 4 out of 4 stars. It conveys an age-appropriate message about kindness to animals. I am unable to name anything I dislike or suggest any improvements to this lovely children’s book. The story will appeal to children through the age of 8, parents, teachers, and grandparents.”


Wow, 4 out of 4 stars!  You can’t get any better than that – if you haven’t already, please click the Buy The Book tab and get your copy today!

Stuart Nulman from Montreal Times reviewed Chelsea’s New Beginning on October 4th, 2020.  Read below:


As always, you can go to the Buy The Book tab and order your copy of Chelsea’s New Beginning.  Thank you for your support!  And a big thanks to Stuart for reviewing my book!

Thanks to my friend Chris Romero, Chelsea’s New Beginning has made it into six more elementary school libraries!  If your child goes to Raymore, Eagle Glen, Creekmoor, Stonegate, Peculiar, and Ridgeview Elementary Schools in Cass County, Missouri, and they are searching for something to read, tell them that Chelsea’s New Beginning is now available to check out in their library.  Thank you for your continuing support!

Wayside Waifs, an animal adoption center located in Kansas City, MO, has agreed to sell hardcover copies of Chelsea’s New Beginning at their shelter.

As of now, the special events manager has informed that Wayside is operating on an appointment only basis until further notice due to COVID-19.  They do not know when they will reopen to the public.  But when they do, and you decide to adopt a pet from their facility, there will be copies of Chelsea’s New Beginning, a book that features a shelter puppy ready for adoption, available for purchase.

And remember, you don’t have to wait for them to open to get your own copy.  No matter what the circumstances, you can order your own copy from this website – just click the Buy the Book tab!

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