The Story

What happens when a red Irish Setter becomes very bored one day on the beach? He might just find a new playmate in the most unexpected place! The Dog and the Dolphin is the captivating children’s book for kids prekindergarten through third grade that may just give them an altogether different perspective on the unlimited potential for making friends.

Inspired by actual events observed by author James B. Dworkin at Sanibel Island, Florida, this spirited story about two unlikely beach buddies follows a red Irish Setter, who is lazing on shore one beautiful day. However, instead of enjoying his surroundings, the dog is absolutely bored. While he takes in all the fun things happening on the beach and in the water, he is still sad because he is all alone. Finally, he spies something in the water that changes his entire day. It’s a playful dolphin!

Easy-to-grasp and engaging for children and parents alike, this charming tale of two companions illustrates how two individuals can come together to have a wonderful time, no matter how different they might be.

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"Reading this book made me feel like a kid again!"
- Ms. Christine Jahn

"What a sweet vacation it will be for young children and their families to read this book together."
-Dr. Hwa Lee

"A vivid, colorful and beautifully illustrated book for toddlers and young children to encourage imagination."
-The Boilermaker Family

"The illustrations are beautifully done and my son loved every page!"
-Amber Cable

In this delightful children’s picture book by a veteran educator, a dog’s best friend has fins, not fur. A lively Irish setter’s frolicsome day at the beach would be even better with a buddy to share it with. On this sunny, lazy day, silky-coated Red is on his own, nosing at seashells, chasing sea gulls and pelicans, and sailboats, small planes and the rolling waves. Red doesn’t have anyone with whom to share his fun. When he sees something leaping in and out of the waves, he’s intrigued—as young readers will be when they turn the next few pages and consider the author’s teasing possibilities, vividly illustrated by Chelich: “A swimmer?” “A shark or swordfish?” “A sea monster?” No, it’s a frisky dolphin who turns out to be as curious about Red as the pup is about him. In no time, the odd couple is frolicking in the water and playing Frisbee “keep away” until the sun goes down. The two new best friends look forward to the next day so that they can do it all over again. Dworkin’s simple, uncloying language is pitch-perfect, as are the beautiful illustrations by gifted artist Chelich, who delights the eye with soft-textured, deftly observed images of animals and objects in a natural setting. Ideal for children pre-K through the third grade, this charming dog-meets-dolphin picture book finds simplicity and heart in both words and illustrations. Simple, child-savvy language and painterly, frame-worthy illustrations that dog-loving adults will appreciate, too.

-Kirkus Review 




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About The Author

Dr. James B. Dworkin came to the Purdue University North Central Campus in January of 2000 from the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.  Prior to coming to PNC, Dr. Dworkin served as Associate Dean of the School of Management and the Krannert Graduate School of Management on the West Lafayette Campus.  Chancellor Dworkin has been with Purdue since 1976.

Dr. Dworkin received his B.A. in Economics (with high honors) and M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.  

Dr. Dworkin serves on the boards of the Indiana Association of United Ways,  Horizon Bank, the Northwest Indiana Forum,  the IU Health LaPorte Hospital.  In November of 2000 he was inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators.  

Jim and his wife, Nancy, reside in Chesterton.  They have two grown children, a son, David and a daughter, Sarah.  Jim is also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters and three grandsons.

About The Illustrator

Michael Allan Chelich is a native Indiana resident inspired by the great masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods of art. Mike Chelich resides and works in Munster, Indiana where, for the last eighteen years, he has been painting and teaching at his art studio. Mike has an interest in a variety of subject matter including allegorical figurative artwork, portraiture, landscape, and still life. He has distinguished himself in the field of portraiture by having received several important portrait commissions including governmental and professional figures in Indiana and Chicago.

You can check out his site here.

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