Koala and Bunny and friends spread message far and wide
THE simple but wonderful message of Ipswich author Al Smith's book about child protection is being spread far and wide.
Mr Smith, who grew up in Goodna, wrote Koala and Bunny: Instilling Protective Behaviours in Children to teach young people and protect them from abuse.
Since then, it is in more than 200 libraries, has been translated to Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish and is available in Africa, India and Pakistan.
An adaptation of Koala and Bunny, called Rhino and Elephant, was produced in South Africa and Mr Smith has added the story Why Openings in our Bodies are Special to his collection.
There are several new endorsements including from the Salvation Army Commissioner and Communities for Children Life Community Logan, The Rotary Club, The Sexual Assault Clinic, Chancellor Leneen Forde and the 2014 National Association of Professional Women USA Executive Woman of the year, Mr Smith said.
The South Africa police service now have a Facebook page for Rhino and Elephant and Koala and Bunny is affiliated with the Sexual Assault Clinic in Benoni, South Africa.
Koala and Bunny edition two is available world wide from sbpra.com/AlSmith.
"The latest version titled Squirrel and Bunny: Instilling Protective Behaviours in Children is undergoing the final edit and will be available very soon," Mr Smith said.
"This version will suit many countries including America, United Kingdom, Europe and Russia."
In 1991, Mr Smith had an accident and turned to writing.