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Earth Day Announcement: Wildlife Warriors Benefit from Sales of Koala-Themed Keepsakes

Koala Jo Publishing announces new title, new way to contribute

San Mateo, CA, April 24, 2007 --( With the release of its new title, "Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales In New Retellings," Koala Jo Publishing announces that readers can help the Australian Wildlife Hospital, a major initiative of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, not only through purchase of the book, but also through purchase of wearable and gift items that display images from the book.

"Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales In New Retellings," a collaboration among award-winning author Lee Barwood, the young students of the Central Ohio Art Academy under the direction of Donna Boiman, and artist and publisher Joanne Ehrich, is a collection of stories retold by Barwood and illustrated in full color with depictions of Australian animals and birds. Its tales revisit the Australian Dreamtime, the time before time when all things were possible. The stories focus mostly on the gentle and sleepy koala, which despite its placid appearance was a powerful figure to the Aborigine people, possessing magical and shamanic capabilities.

The Australian Wildlife Hospital is a project of Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, and was founded in memory of Steve Irwin’s mother Lyn. The author and artists have donated their royalties from sales of the book to the Hospital, and now Koala Jo Publishing announces that sales of items featuring artwork from the book will also benefit the Hospital when purchased through the Aboriginal Tales store.

Koala Jo Publishing was formed to raise awareness of the koala and to aid in its rescue and preservation. To that end, purchases of any merchandise bearing images from "Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales In New Retellings" will also benefit the Wildlife Warriors. Customers may choose from a variety of items, including shirts, caps, tote bags, and coffee mugs. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Australian Wildlife Hospital. A purchase not only shows you care, it truly does something to help.

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Titles by Koala Jo Publishing:

Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings | Klassic Koalas: Vegetarian Delights Too Cute to Eat Klassic Koalas: Mr. Douglas’ Koalas and the Stars of Qantas | Klassic Koalas: Vintage Postcards and Timeless Quotes of Wisdom | Koalas: Zen in Fur | Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity

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