Maverick and Me

illus. by Phyllis Harris. 32p. Worthy. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780824956875.
PreS-Gr 2— An abandoned marble-colored pup finds a new home with Scarlett and her mom at a pet adoption event. The child takes on the responsibilities that come with owning a dog and then invites her friends to a backyard party where they can meet her new puppy, Maverick. She tells them the story of his rescue and adoption—and all about the other dogs just like Maverick that need homes, too. Children who cannot adopt a pet can discover other ways of helping homeless animals by observing the pet store manager and a concerned citizen who both help Maverick before he is adopted.
VERDICT This duo's story, which is based on a real event, is told with love and compassion. A solid addition to share with prospective pet owners.

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