The Tale of Dog Giovanni
John Gravdahl, Author and Illustrator


Reading Level: 3 - 8 years

The Tale of Dog Giovanni is the story of friendships between a boy, a dog, and a retired opera star who lives next door, and lives his life with generous youthful energy. After the older fellow passes away friendships renew and continue between the boy and the man's dog. This is a picture-story book created for 3 to 8 year old readers.

This story gathers together many issues concerning friendship, loss and renewal. It uses the elements of gardening and performing arts to relate ideas which defy easy explanation. Parents and teachers will find this book a useful tool to help young persons understand some basic events in life. It is told in a manner which is positive and open to a very personal interpretation. Illustrations and text combine to tell this tale with humor, charm and wit which will appeal to all audiences.

John Gravdahl is the author and illustrator of this book. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Colorado State University where he teaches graphic design and illustration. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions. He was born in South Dakota and now lives with his wife Kathleen in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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