and Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has
published a children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin,” the delightful story
of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.
story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago
while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to
the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter
named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there
and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. But as the dog gazed into the water,
it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was
frolicking a short distance away.
The dog was clearly
interested in the dolphin. Dworkin observed that it seemed like the dolphin
noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin seems so interested in the dog
that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran
to the left, the dolphin followed. Then the dog ran to the right, the
dolphin would change direction too. The dog seemed to be so enamored with
his new friend, he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play
Dworkin found the
interaction to be so charming, he wrote down what he’d observed and did a
few rough drawings, thinking that it was a heartwarming story to relate. He
asked an esteemed portrait artist, Michael Chelich, of Munster, to
illustrate the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created
amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what
took place on the beach that sunny day.
As a parent and
grandparent Dworkin knows the importance of reading with children and
sparking their active imaginations. This story of an unusual friendship
between a dog and a dolphin not only captures the interest of youngsters,
but also teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s
two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.
The book also
serves as a lasting legacy to Dworkin’s grandchildren as three of their
names are featured in the illustrations. A likeness of Chelich’s daughter is
seen as a young swimmer.
Dworkin intends for
the book to have another lasting effect as he will donate part of the
proceeds to endow a scholarship for students in the PNC Early Childhood
“The Dog and The
Dolphin,” is available for purchase at