The Poppy

 The Perfect Leaf

by Andrew Plant 

Inspired by a windy autumn afternoon and two real little girls, The Perfect Leaf takes the simple joy of leaf-kicking and turns it into an extraordinary flight of the imagination.

Written and illustrated by the creator of the CBCA Notable Book The Poppy, and illustrator of the Ford Street titles Spark and Glitch, The Perfect Leaf is a glorious celebration of the power of invention, and of the joys of being a child.

By the author and illustrator of the CBCA Notable Book The Poppy. Autumn theme promotes discussions of seasons, time and colours for early readers.

Story focuses on the use of imagination and cooperation in play. The themes of the story can be extended into outside play, and text-to-self and other literacy associations.

Silent pages promote inferential reading and discussion: "What do you think is happening here? What might the girls be saying to each

The search for hidden creatures promotes discussion and extension of the story for younger readers.

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9781925736014 (hardcover)
Publication date:
June 2018 (hardcover)
October 2018 (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Portrait
$24.95 (hardcover)
$16.95 (paperback)
Category: imagination, cooperation and participation
Age guide: 4+

Teacher's Notes

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The Perfect Leaf

For use in schools only. © Andrew Plant 2015

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About the Author

Andrew is an author and illustrator of picture books. He has presented sessions in schools and libraries from Alice Springs to Beijing and France. He also paints murals, and designs and builds theatre sets for schools and amateur theatre groups. Andrew's next book, The Poppy, a story of Australian soldiers in France in World War 1, is to be released in March 2014 by Ford Street Publishing. Andrew explores the creation of a picture book through fun, rambunctious sessions drawing (literally) on the students' imagination. Early primary students learn about the basics of character and plot, whilst older students develop ideas on point of view and design. All students leave the session with their own book in hand. Andrew’s presentations range from an hour to longer artist-in-residence programs.

Ask Andrew to speak at your event.