Dog lover and animal advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger draws from her own experience with fostering and adopting dogs to create a picture book that introduces children to the concept of “adopt, don’t shop.” In the heartwarming story of Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind-hearted stranger after being dumped on the side of the road. The little puppy’s luck takes a turn for the better when young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick’s story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for. Each year, millions of dogs find themselves in shelters and with animal rescues through no fault of their own. Maverick will help teach children about these dogs and empower even young readers to advocate for shelter pups.
About The Author
Katherine Schwarzenegger is a lifestyle blogger and best-selling author of “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back” and “I Just Graduated… Now What?” She has appeared on The Today Show, as a guest co-host of The View and is a regular contributor to InStyle Magazine with her #AskKat videos. She speaks to and speaks for her generation of young women.
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Maverick and Me made me think of my own children and actually several times where we were in the same position, and ended up with a new member of our family.
The author introduces us to the rescuer and the store that opens it heart for a place where rescued animals can find forever homes. All are needed in the in the process to help find a new forever home.
There are so many dogs in need, and this story will tug at your heartstrings, but with such a happy ending. Just be aware that there is a need, and this shares with the young ones, a sweet story along with delightful, colorful illustration.
I received this book through Worthy Kids/Ideas Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.