‘Leaf’ is my proposal for a picture book and song which links to ‘Life Cycle’ curriculum modules, with cross-links to Art and Literacy. It is based around simple rhyming couplets, alongside a set of eight heavily-stylised illustrations. The project, as yet unpublished, was successfully work-shopped with both Early Years and Key Stage One children. It provides an accessible platform for shared discussion and circle games. Pupils are also able to create their own versions of the sequential narrative (visually and in writing).
The title page (front cover image) is designed by Alison Rayner. My grade A dissertation on the developmental visual language of the very young is available on loan from the IOE Library (London).
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“Martin’s beautiful picture book is accompanied by an easy-to-learn song for younger primary school children. This would really add to a class project and further the learning experience.”
– Singing teacher Elizabeth Peirson, BMus, MA, PGCE, Adv Dip (TCM), MISM
“‘Leaf’ visual story is a beautiful metaphor for life. Simple, delicate, organic, and recognisable, Martin’s paintings represent the ups and down of life – yet chance is always about somewhere with new and enlightening possibilities, along one’s growing path to possibly renew.”
– Performance poet Cathy Flower
Excerpt from the music score (sheet music) set as a simple pop arrangement with melody and chord symbols – easily accessible for performance and interpretation with classroom instruments by students and teachers of all abilities. The project is complete with an instrumental recording of the the song presented as a lyric video in English language.
Martin with Houston-based photographer Engeline Tan, in London (2019). Engeline contributed her stunning nature photography for an alternative presentation of the song, alongside a different mix by producer Skopje of Carpenders Park Studios.
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