When Chelsea was given up by her first family in Chelsea’s New Beginning, she experienced loss and abandonment. She was adopted into a new family, but it wasn’t long until it was made clear to her that the only child didn’t want anything to do with her. His parents didn’t want to take responsibility for a puppy their son didn’t want, so they gave her up to an animal shelter.
Imagine what it was like for her during her first night: unloved, unwanted, surrounded by sad dogs, and feeling very alone. But even though she didn’t have an owner anymore, she wasn’t alone. She found a friend in Brizo who was in the same boat she was. Because Chelsea and Brizo were able to relate to each other in their circumstances, Chelsea was able to hang in there and endure her less-than-ideal situation until Nathan walked into the shelter, noticed her, and found it in his heart to fit one more pet in his house out in the country. Chelsea’s story doesn’t end here – it’s only the beginning because Nathan gave her reason to hope again.
Many people experience loss when they lose a family member, a friend, or any loved one. A pet often fits all three of these descriptions. Whether your pet has been a part of your life temporarily or for twenty years, it’s still very painful and heart wrenching because they were such an important part of your life. They brought you love, joy, and happiness during the time they spent with you. The difficult times you had together only made the journey worth it. Like Nathan did with Chelsea, they came into your life giving you hope, and it can happen again when you give another pet that very thing.
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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.
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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!