Book: Buddy Unchained
By Daisy Bix, Illustrations by Joe Hyatt. What is life like, day after day, for a dog kept outdoors in all weather on a chain or a rope, alone all day - a dog whose owners, for the most part, forget that he's alive? Buddy, a lovable mixed-breed dog, has had such an existence.
Happy in a new home, Buddy tells the story of his former life of neglect, abuse, and finally, rescue, to live a good life with a family that cares about him. Information is included for parents and other adults about resources they can readily contact when they encounter a dog being abused.
Winner of the 2006 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award and the 2007 KIND Children's Book Award.
Suitable for children ages 5 and up. Hardcover, color illustrations. 24 pages.
"Buddy Unchained is a deeply moving look at a dog abandoned and adopted, a bittersweet tale of empathy and respect for a deserving puppy who has finally found a good home. The illustrations are utterly endearing and vibrant with the pain, joy and compassion they express. The story is simple yet of vast importance, and at the end we want nothing more than to make sure that all the Buddys of the world are loved and cared for like this patient, easy-to-please pup."
-Janet Leimeister, Events Manager, The Capitola Book Store
"We have reviewed the book Buddy Unchained and are very pleased and impressed by it. We feel that this book would be a wonderful addition to our project and a most effective way of reaching a broad audience. Buddy Unchained is a valuable tool in teaching the message of compassion and empathy toward animals."
-Lisa Desjardins, Vice-President, Aroostook Animal Welfare Awareness Group (AAWAG)
"I wanted to say how much my nephew and I have been enjoying Buddy Unchained. He asks me to read it twice in a row each time and the wonderful and moving images make such an impression on him. I can see it in his eyes, facial expressions and comments. I would like to commend firstly, the artist's sensitive and expressive drawings which truly came from the heart. And I would like to commend Gryphon Press for their dedication to the voiceless. I am only now learning more about Gryphon Press and will certainly consider further purchases. More importantly, it has inspired me even more so to become involved in saving animals in need."
-Catherine Ciarrocchi, book buyer/Amazon.com