Rufo Liberado (Spanish-Language)

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Gryphon Press
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9.3 X 0.4 X 8.6 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Daisy Bix, aka Emilie Buchwald, lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is the author of At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy (The Gryphon Press), and two award-winning children's novels, Gildaen and Floramel and Esteban. Buchwald was the founding copublisher/editor of Milkweed Editions and is the publisher of The Gryphon Press. Her awards include the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joe Hyatt's dog portraits are in private collections throughout the United States. He is also the illustrator of Maggie's Second Chance ( The Gryphon Press, May 2011). He and his wife and their (rescued) dogs live in Northern California.


Winner of the 2007 Best Children's Picture Book of the Year Humane Society of the United States' KIND Award and ASPCA Henry Bergh Award. Buddy Unchained has not only won awards but has been recommended by teachers, librarians, and humane societies across the country.

From School Library Journal:
". . .Attractive, realistic paintings invite readers to look into Buddy's eyes and experience his emotions, both of neglect and of contentment in his new home. The author appends additional information about how to help an abused dog."

"This book is perfect to read independently or aloud during a storytime, and would be great as a unit on pet care. The Spanish text flows smoothly and is well done. The sentences have a steady pace, and the word choices will help young children understand the proper way to treat pets. By sharing this title with children, we can start them on the path to responsible pet ownership.
VERDICT: Recommended for all libraries."

"Ah, what a wonderful book! Rufo liberado's sparse text and charming illustrations are perfect for getting across his story: that of an unloved and ignored mixed-breed dog who, thanks to caring people, finally finds an affectionate family. This book is a 'must read' for schools and libraries. Rufo's tale is that of many dogs and other animals that need a good home but have no way of communicating that need. The Gryphon Press really is a voice for the voiceless."
--Judy Goldman, author of Whiskers, Tails and Wings-Animal Folktales from Mexico, Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead, and Baak.