Katherine Schwarzenegger, the eldest daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, uses her own experience in pet adoption in her children’s book Maverick and Me.
Maverick is a puppy who is left alone under a freeway underpass on a rainy day. A woman finds him and takes care of him until a pet adoption event. Enter a girl named Scarlett and her mom. They come to the pet supply store to get a gift for a friend’s cat. Scarlett falls in love with Maverick. Eventually, mom agrees to adopt the pup.
Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador, has a simple and clear goal – to draw attention to “all the other dogs just like Maverick that needed homes too.”
This is a great book to teach children about pet adoption and animal rescue. At the beginning of the book, Schwarzenegger has a note to parents that include some practical, hands-on things that children can do to help animals. It is also a great lesson in empathy and compassion.
Thanks to the publisher WorthyKids/Ideals, I’m giving away one copy of Maverick and Me.
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