WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin has published a children's book, "The Dog and The Dolphin," the story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.
"The Dog and The Dolphin," is available for purchase at www.thedogandthedolphin.com; through www.amazon.com and at the PNC and Purdue University Calumet bookstores.
The children's 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.
Dworkin found the interaction to be so charming, he wrote down what he'd observed and did a few rough drawings.
Portrait artist, Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated the story.
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, according to a press release.
Dworkin will donate part of the proceeds to endow a scholarship for students in the PNC Early Childhood Education program.
"The Dog and the Dolphin" is his first children's book. He already has an inspiration for his second children's book.
In the coming months, Dworkin and Chelich will share the book with children, their parents and grandparents at readings and book signings.