Cali & Wildfire
Say no to animal cruelty!
Cali, a member of the Lakota Indian Tribe, has a passion for horseback riding. She frequently rides on her beloved horse, Annabelle. Her mother is not only a tribal leader but also an animal activist. One day, Cali's mother took her to a race where they saw a racehorse named Wildfire. Upon seeing him, Cali's mother explains that Wildfire is in grave danger and desperately needs their help. The fate of Wildfire is in the hands of his greedy owner, and his future is uncertain. Can Cali and her mother save Wildfire from his perilous situation?
We picked this book for its blurb. The book delivers a crucial message on animal cruelty, highlighting the devastating effects of animal races. The author reveals that approximately 2,000 horses perish on or near race tracks yearly, with an additional 10,000 being sent to slaughter. By shedding light on these gruesome statistics, the book aims to influence the younger generation's perceptions of animal races. The stunning illustrations complement the narrative, creating a compelling and informative reading experience.
Cali & Wildfire by William Neal, with illustrations by Olena Kharkovenko, tells the story of a young girl and her mother who work to rescue an older racehorse. The book provides an engaging and accessible account of their challenges and motivations.
Originally published: 2023
Author: William Neal
Illustrations: Olena Kharkovenko
Rating basis (of 5.0): Story (4.5), Characters (4.5), Writing Style (4.5), Illustrations (4.5), Cover (3.5) & Ease (4.0)
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