Yoni Ploni the Little Yeshiva Boy, Never Talks to Strangers is a 32 page illustrated children’s book geared for Frum children, researched, written and published by Rabbi Yehoshua Danese, illustrated by Yaakov Gerber, two father’s of growing families living in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.
After researching the subject extensively, reading the works of experts from across the country, it is known that Strangers, Stalkers, Molesters or worse use certain tricks and ploys to woo defenseless innocent unsuspecting children into their clutches. This book deals which each of their strategies individually and gives children the information they need to evade and avoid such inhuman people.
This book was endorsed by the Torah Safety Commission and distributed by Feldheim when it was first published. “At first I printed 5,000 copies,” relates Rabbi Danese, “most of which are all sold. However I am planning to print 100,000 copies so that every single Jewish child should have this information. It is a book that is meant for parents to read to their child and to explain to the child and answer their questions and that they should be able to be safe.”
What to do if the Stranger is following me? What if the Stranger grabs hold of me? What if he offers me a ride in his car? What if he offers me candy? What if he says to me, “your mother’s sick she said I should take you home”? These questions and more are dealt with in this book and the children are given straightforward instructions on what they should do to stay safe.
“Believe it or not,” say Rabbi Danese, “it is not a frightening book, it is a happy book, the characters in the book are confident, as it empowers children to be aware and know how to react and act if something like this should happen. Every year I give a copy of this book to one of my daughters to take to her morah to read to their class. No teacher has ever refused. They see that this book is extremely important.”
This book is a must for every Frum child. “I am convinced that every Jewish child should have this book read to them, they should read it themselves, it should be explained to them. And with this information your child will have a far greater chance of never falling prey, to fall victim to such an unspeakable horror.
Rabbi Yehoshua Danese has been a Rebbie for over a decade with several kiruv schools most notably the Torah Academy of Brooklyn. He wrote other children safety books dealing staying safe from fire. He has ghost written on scores of other authors Torah publications. Copies of Yoni Ploni… Never Talks to Strangers can be acquired directly from the author by dialing 347 393 3670. “Please call me now,” urges Rabbi Danese, “before you forget and never get around to it.”