above:  Wild mustangs…    In the past   wild horses used to roam freely in the western plains of America but slowly over many decades millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers… until  Wild Horse Annie  took up the cause to protect them…   Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs , written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  -published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019  The inspiring true story of American  Velma Bronn Johnston  (1912-1977), horse lover   and animal-rights activist who was the compassionate driving force behind Federal Laws that were passed in the early 1970’s to protect the lives of wild horses and burros on public lands… and how she also elicited the help of thousands of children to bring attention to this pressing issue.    “ Salerno’s full-page mixed-media illustrations exude the expanse of the West and invite intimacy with Annie all while maintaining a playful air of adventure. Readers will root for Annie and the mustangs she fought to protect…” -School Library Journal    Salerno's sun-drenched illustrations capture the equally hardy spirits of the mustangs and Annie herself. . . An uplifting tale of animal rights, perseverance, and kids' power to make a difference…” -Kirkus Reviews
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cover of  Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs  -the cover is derived from one of the inside of the book illustrations, which depicts Annie, whose body was bent and twisted from childhood polio, dreaming of soaring with the wild mustangs…    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  young Velma learning to ride by her father -atop his horse Baldy on their ranch in Nevada.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  in 1923 Velma was suddenly stricken by polio and spent a long time in the hospital in a body cast… But the disease left her spine permanently bent and her face twisted. Eventually she was able to ride ride horses again, and her love for these beautiful animals only grew stronger…
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a rough preliminary pencil & ink wash sketch, depicting hunters killing wild mustangs… Millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) Velma discovering cattle trucks loaded with wild horses are bringing them to slaughterhouses to be killed for pet foods and fertilizers.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:   Wild Horse Annie  sitting at her kitchen table on the ranch typing letter after letter after letter to Senators, Congressmen, and other lawmakers encouraging them to take action to protect all wild horse…
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) the adult Velma Bronn Johnston (having earned her nickname:  Wild Horse Annie ) appearing before State senators and legislators enlightening them on the pressing issue of wild horses and burros being slaughtered…
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) the thousands of letters sent to Washington DC from children from all over the country -expressing their concern about the plight of wild horses in America… letters the children wrote to assist  Wild Horse Annie  and her campaign to save all wild horses and burros.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  one of the refined sketch stages, this one a pencil sketch which was then scanned into Photoshop and some additional slight touches of color added in. Here is  Wild Horse Annie  riding her horse, with wild mustangs seen in the background running free…
       
     
  above:  Wild mustangs…    In the past   wild horses used to roam freely in the western plains of America but slowly over many decades millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers… until  Wild Horse Annie  took up the cause to protect them…   Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs , written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  -published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019  The inspiring true story of American  Velma Bronn Johnston  (1912-1977), horse lover   and animal-rights activist who was the compassionate driving force behind Federal Laws that were passed in the early 1970’s to protect the lives of wild horses and burros on public lands… and how she also elicited the help of thousands of children to bring attention to this pressing issue.    “ Salerno’s full-page mixed-media illustrations exude the expanse of the West and invite intimacy with Annie all while maintaining a playful air of adventure. Readers will root for Annie and the mustangs she fought to protect…” -School Library Journal    Salerno's sun-drenched illustrations capture the equally hardy spirits of the mustangs and Annie herself. . . An uplifting tale of animal rights, perseverance, and kids' power to make a difference…” -Kirkus Reviews
       
     

above: Wild mustangs… In the past wild horses used to roam freely in the western plains of America but slowly over many decades millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers… until Wild Horse Annie took up the cause to protect them…

Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs, written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno -published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019

The inspiring true story of American Velma Bronn Johnston (1912-1977), horse lover and animal-rights activist who was the compassionate driving force behind Federal Laws that were passed in the early 1970’s to protect the lives of wild horses and burros on public lands… and how she also elicited the help of thousands of children to bring attention to this pressing issue.

Salerno’s full-page mixed-media illustrations exude the expanse of the West and invite intimacy with Annie all while maintaining a playful air of adventure. Readers will root for Annie and the mustangs she fought to protect…” -School Library Journal

Salerno's sun-drenched illustrations capture the equally hardy spirits of the mustangs and Annie herself. . . An uplifting tale of animal rights, perseverance, and kids' power to make a difference…” -Kirkus Reviews

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cover of  Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs  -the cover is derived from one of the inside of the book illustrations, which depicts Annie, whose body was bent and twisted from childhood polio, dreaming of soaring with the wild mustangs…    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cover of Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs -the cover is derived from one of the inside of the book illustrations, which depicts Annie, whose body was bent and twisted from childhood polio, dreaming of soaring with the wild mustangs…

see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  young Velma learning to ride by her father -atop his horse Baldy on their ranch in Nevada.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: young Velma learning to ride by her father -atop his horse Baldy on their ranch in Nevada.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  in 1923 Velma was suddenly stricken by polio and spent a long time in the hospital in a body cast… But the disease left her spine permanently bent and her face twisted. Eventually she was able to ride ride horses again, and her love for these beautiful animals only grew stronger…
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: in 1923 Velma was suddenly stricken by polio and spent a long time in the hospital in a body cast… But the disease left her spine permanently bent and her face twisted. Eventually she was able to ride ride horses again, and her love for these beautiful animals only grew stronger…

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a rough preliminary pencil & ink wash sketch, depicting hunters killing wild mustangs… Millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: a rough preliminary pencil & ink wash sketch, depicting hunters killing wild mustangs… Millions of them were killed by cattle ranchers protecting their grazing lands, or by hunters selling them to slaughterhouses for pet foods and fertilizers.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) Velma discovering cattle trucks loaded with wild horses are bringing them to slaughterhouses to be killed for pet foods and fertilizers.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: (cropped view) Velma discovering cattle trucks loaded with wild horses are bringing them to slaughterhouses to be killed for pet foods and fertilizers.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:   Wild Horse Annie  sitting at her kitchen table on the ranch typing letter after letter after letter to Senators, Congressmen, and other lawmakers encouraging them to take action to protect all wild horse…
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Wild Horse Annie sitting at her kitchen table on the ranch typing letter after letter after letter to Senators, Congressmen, and other lawmakers encouraging them to take action to protect all wild horse…

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) the adult Velma Bronn Johnston (having earned her nickname:  Wild Horse Annie ) appearing before State senators and legislators enlightening them on the pressing issue of wild horses and burros being slaughtered…
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: (cropped view) the adult Velma Bronn Johnston (having earned her nickname: Wild Horse Annie) appearing before State senators and legislators enlightening them on the pressing issue of wild horses and burros being slaughtered…

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  (cropped view) the thousands of letters sent to Washington DC from children from all over the country -expressing their concern about the plight of wild horses in America… letters the children wrote to assist  Wild Horse Annie  and her campaign to save all wild horses and burros.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: (cropped view) the thousands of letters sent to Washington DC from children from all over the country -expressing their concern about the plight of wild horses in America… letters the children wrote to assist Wild Horse Annie and her campaign to save all wild horses and burros.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  one of the refined sketch stages, this one a pencil sketch which was then scanned into Photoshop and some additional slight touches of color added in. Here is  Wild Horse Annie  riding her horse, with wild mustangs seen in the background running free…
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: one of the refined sketch stages, this one a pencil sketch which was then scanned into Photoshop and some additional slight touches of color added in. Here is Wild Horse Annie riding her horse, with wild mustangs seen in the background running free…