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Student creations to feature in book

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Bunbury Primary School Year 6 students Kendal Oakley and Riley Fisher hold their work at the launch of If I met a Baboon who lost his Balloon at the Perth Town Hall on August 23.
Camera IconBunbury Primary School Year 6 students Kendal Oakley and Riley Fisher hold their work at the launch of If I met a Baboon who lost his Balloon at the Perth Town Hall on August 23. Credit: Daniel Carson

The artwork of two Bunbury Primary School students was chosen from 5300 entries to feature in a children’s book as part of disability service provider Therapy Focus’ annual art competition.

The storybook titled If I Met a Baboon Who Lost His Balloon, was written by teacher, author and artist Sean E Avery, and encourages readers to be kind, understanding and helpful towards others.

Year 6 students Riley Fisher and Kendal Oakley were among the 21 artists who had their work selected from the landslide of entries.

The pair attended the book launch in Perth on August 23.

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“There was a huge amount of entries, so it was really awesome to know we could have our artwork displayed in a book about kindness and inclusion,” Riley said.

“If we can get the message to younger kids it would be really cool.”

Kendal said she was surprised to be chosen after she saw the quality of entries and was thankful for the opportunity.

“It was really cool to see some younger kids had stepped up and done amazing artwork,” she said.

“I liked the fact that at the start they showed a bunch of people, that even though they had disabilities in their life, they were able to look past that and actually see them for who they are.

“That was what the book I guess tried to focus on, but using animals instead of people with disabilities.”

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