RD-1, also known as Ardie, isn’t a real dog…
But what does it mean to be real?
Is it enough to wag a tail, do tricks and bark?
Why does his new owner, the young boy, not want him?
Why do the other dogs look at him with superiority?
How is he different from them?
Feeling unwelcome, Ardie leaves his new home and roams the snowy streets alone, searching for friendship and answers to all the questions. Join Ardie on this heartwarming adventure of self-discovery, budding friendships, and finding out where he belongs.
This is a story about loneliness and happiness, loss and discovery, enmity and compassion, and, of course, friendship. The story tells children that everything is possible if one has a goal, a big heart (even if it is just a battery), and the courage to achieve this goal.
Hand-drawn watercolor illustrations accompany the story, emphasizing its theme and highlighting the mood and emotional atmosphere of each page.
“Reminiscent of The Velveteen Rabbit, A Real Dog is an immersive dive into the mind of a robot dog who doesn’t understand why he isn’t “real.” The book is written at a level accessible to young readers and subtly invites them to consider life from another’s perspective and to realize that it is our relationships and our decisions that make us who we are.”
— Hilary Gunning, Freelance Editor
“A Real Dog RD-1 is an incredible story, full of life lessons from which students can benefit. This wonderful story gives so many opportunities to delve into important themes: authenticity, fairness, and empathy. Also, educators can focus on analyzing story elements—plot, setting, conflict, and resolution—or look at how characters are expertly developed. A Real Dog RD-1 will be a powerful instructional tool to use in my classroom.”
— Peter A. Brown, Professional Educator from California
“This story is absolutely precious! The story is in wonderful shape with the sustained theme of what it means to be “real” throughout the narrative!”
—Crystal Sidell, Librarian from Florida
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Galina Dovich, a children’s author originally hailing from Eastern Europe, currently lives in Northern California. Her cramped-with-books office overlooks the California Delta, which she often gazes at to refresh her mind during the long hours she spends in front of her computer, writing.
Though Galina has a full-time job that she loves, writing and publishing are more than just a hobby to occupy the spare hours of her evenings and weekends; she treats her writing very seriously. As a result, she has written and published twelve books in just two years. Where does she get her ideas? She has magic glasses, which turn any object into a character (just kidding). She is simply able to see the world through a child’s perspective and get inspired by simple thing—a bug crawling over a grass blade or a kitten playing in a backyard.
Though Galina writes for children of various ages, she focuses mostly on crafting stories that will appeal to preschoolers and 5-9-year-olds who have just begun learning about the complicated world around them. The vivid and adorable characters from Galina’s books are searching for the answers to important questions, fulfilling their dreams, and growing and developing throughout their adventures and quests. Her fast-paced stories are filled with humor and action so that her readers will feel excited and engaged from start to finish. Galina knows that if a story is written right, a child will want to read it again and again. And it is her mission to write books that will become bent and wrinkled and worn on the spine. This is her telltale sign that the work is done well. She remembers how books awakened her imagination when she was a child, and she would like her stories to have the same effect on her readers.
Welcome to Galina Dovich’s World where you will meet Little Blacky, White Crow, RD-1 (aka Ardie), Willy and his family, and many others. Galina works with talented young artists from all over the world who help bring her stories to life with their unique artistic styles.