Dennis Glennon Photography​​​
  
  • 48 Full-Color Pages
  • Hardcover
  • Dustjacket
  • Over 30 Photographic Images of Puppies, Wildlife, Landscapes, and Nature
  
A puppy’s tale of his adventure through the woods learning valuable life lessons;

trusting his heart, having great faith, and believing anything is possible.
  
Buddy's  Magic  Window

Buddy’s Magic Window  is a children’s picture book that appeals to “kids”
of all ages and gives parents, grandparents, and teachers a unique way to teach children important life lessons through storytelling. 

Our story starts with Buddy, a Golden Retriever puppy, who finds himself lost in the forest.  Seeking his way home, he ventures through the woods where he meets a variety of whimsical and interesting woodland creatures. Through his interactions with helpful animals, Buddy experiences acts of kindness and learns about trust, faith, and believing in oneself;  themes
that build and entwine throughout his journey.

Buddy’s adventures present many little lessons that help him to grow more confident in his abilities and in himself.  He starts out fearing that he will always be lost and afraid, and winds up trusting the process of exploration and discovery, developing faith in himself, and believing that he will somehow make it home to his family.

Filled with over 30 award-winning puppy and wildlife photographs, the book takes the reader on a compelling visual journey with Buddy the puppy as he makes new friends, learns new things, discovers a magic window, and as his
self-confidence builds through his encounters and adventures.  And as with all significant journeys, Buddy emerges wiser from his.  It is my hope that the young reader does so as well.  
 

Reactions To The Book
Colorful photographs instantly engage children, as kids identify with animals and have an instant and strong emotional connection to them.  Kids love that Buddy and his friends are real animals, not illustrations.

Unexpected twists and turns keeps kids attentive, excited, and wanting
to know what happens next.  The combination of adventurous tale and pictorial presentation get children smiling, laughing, and clinging to the story to discover the various woodland animals, and to see if Buddy
makes it out of the woods.

Both children and adults delight in the vivid photographs of cute puppies, real wildlife, and exceptionally beautiful scenery.  The book can be enjoyed simply as a cute picture story, or as a deeper book about trust and faith.  

Children being read to are able to ask questions of the storyteller. 
Teachers find the book to be a useful and effective learning tool when teaching children about manners, about respecting others, and of course, about animals and nature.  Parents and grandparents can emphasize the subtle life lessons found in the story by imparting their own wisdom and values when families read the book together.  And yes, the book can inspire a child to learn how to read.

Described as "a combination of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You'll Go
meets Ralph Waldo Emerson ”  and likened to  “The Wizard of Oz without
the wicked witch, flying monkeys, mean trees, or anything scary ”,  
Buddy’s Magic Window is the perfect gift for kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, pediatricians, and any animal lover, including yourself!
Watch the reaction to Buddy when the book is presented, or when
displayed as a conversation piece, such as on a coffee table in your home.  
Buddy’s Magic Window will fill your heart with happiness.










  


Explore the forest with Buddy as he journeys through the woods,
makes animal friends, and searches for his way home. 


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​​ The Story Behind The Image

 My most popular image, Buddy’s Magic Window, came about after many years of photographing wildlife, landscapes, and nature exclusively.  I'd appeared in art shows all over the country then, and on many occasions, people asked me to photograph their dogs. I was open to it, but I didn’t commit.  My schedule was hectic, and I’d never considered photographing dogs … which was strange because I’d had retrievers my entire life.

Then a friend told me she had a litter of Golden Retriever puppies and asked if I would photograph them.  Not giving it much thought, I agreed, but without a formal commitment.  I didn’t expect to hear from her. She called back about a month later to book the photo shoot, telling me that her puppies were going to their forever homes in just a few weeks. Uh oh!

I was in a panic. I hadn’t photographed many puppies at that point, and none of my puppy images were “professional”; they'd all been taken for myself and just for fun.  I never want to embarrass myself, so I went off on a quest to find the perfect puppy photo session location.

I went searching every morning and each evening when the natural light was just right in an effort to find a great location to use when photographing the pups.  It had to be great. I never settle for average.  I drove all over the place and finally found a beautiful location – right around the corner.  From the road, I could see an old barn and its window. I drove by the property each day to examine how the light hit the barn and window, and to find out what else it revealed. 
As the sun moved west, it lit up a log pile and a rock pile, also on the property.  I knew that I could time the photo shoot so I could use each area and put a puppy in great light for about 90 minutes.  One problem.  I didn’t have access to the property or know who owned it.

I called Traci and told her about my find.  Serendipity?  She not only knew the owners of the property, but they were one of the families getting a puppy from her current litter.  By 8:00AM that Saturday morning, everything was set. Traci arrived at the location with her husband, her son, and of course, her puppies.  Donna, the property owner, was on site with her daughters eager to help.  We had a blast.  And more serendipitous connections were made, such as with Donna’s’ mother being in the same church choir as my own mom.  It seemed each of us had just one degree
of separation.  I’m always amazed at how often, and how deeply, dogs bring people together.

The photo shoot went effortlessly, though I had been concerned about a potential problem…
How in the world would I be able to utilize the barn window to fit a puppy in it?  Turns out, the glass window pane had broken and been removed, something I did not, and could not, see from the road.  All I had to do was ask someone to kneel down behind the window frame and prop up a puppy. Though several puppies were involved in the session, my main character was the
now-famous Buddy; the very puppy Donna ended up taking home. I had no way of knowing any
of this beforehand - and I don’t believe in coincidences.  It was meant to be and it was awesome.

Yet, I had no expectations or even ideas about photographing dogs. I simply figured I’d help a friend and do my best to get a few decent shots for her.  I was using slide-film then and when I
got the images back from my lab, I casually looked them over, thought they were quite cute, and placed a printed photo of Buddy in the window in my portfolio; a book of developed prints that I carried around with me back then.  My favor done, I turned my attention back to my wildlife and scenic photography work.  Soon after this, something amazing began to happen…

When showing my portfolio, the reactions that the “puppy in the window” image got were not
only unexpected, but extreme.  People totally freaked out.  They would smile, point, laugh, sometimes even cry, because the cute little pup reminded them of a puppy they once had. 
Buddy brought back strong memories.  These emotional responses were hard to ignore, so I printed up some enlargements of the image, framed a few, and brought them to my art shows.  And that’s when my eyes were open…

The response was overwhelming.  At one show, just as I was running out of that particular print, two women almost came to blows.  One woman was staring at the framed print in awe and
the other, seeing her gazing at it, almost knocked her over to pull it off the wall while saying:
“It’s mine!”.  I was astonished. Fortunately, I had some backups behind my booth. Disaster averted!

Years later, Buddy is now featured in my first children’s book  Buddy’s Magic Window; a story
about a curious puppy who gets lost, has a wonderful adventure, and finds a magic window!