We’ve been reading a ton of children’s literature around here. Since Violet came home, books have been part of her daily life. I love finding animal-themed books that teach about compassion and kindness, and by now, I think we’ve checked out nearly every dog-related book at our public library–some wonderful titles, some not-so-wonderful.
So, when Worthy Kids/Ideals offered to send me a free copy of a new children’s book about a dog adoption (plus, they offered another copy for a giveaway!), I jumped at the chance. I’m always looking for good storylines about positive pet adoption, and the puppy on the cover totally looks like what I imagine puppy Emmett looked like!
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First, a quick summary: The book opens on a homeless puppy who’s scooped up by a caring woman who gets the pet put up for adoption at a local pet store. Adorable Scarlett and her mother fall in love with Maverick, and Scarlett finds that she wants to advocate for him and dogs like him by encouraging her friends to adopt pets.
Very, very sweet. And, ultimately, a super positive message about pet adoption.
Here’s the quibble I’m sure many parents will have: Maverick’s adoption happens spontaneously when Scarlett and her mother visit a pet store with another purpose. I know this is a hot topic in the animal welfare community–unprepared adopters and unplanned adoptions increase the return rate. The reality, of course, is that it happens, so it’s at least worthy of addressing and sparking the conversation with your kiddo about planning ahead to add a new family member.
That said, this book would be a great addition to a family bookshelf. The illustrations are lovely–soft with just the right amount of detail. The story is simple and straightforward. Books like this, I think, are designed to create a conversation between parent and child about some pretty big topics, like pet homelessness, animal adoption, and caring for a pet. That’s what a good book should do, in my opinion: Start a conversation.
Finally, this tale is based off the real-life adoption of Katherine Schwarzenegger’s pup, Maverick. You can find that cutie on Instagram!
Check out the book for more details or pick up your own copy of Maverick and Me.
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