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Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann – How to use it in KS1

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Three-page PDF featuring cross-curricular activity ideas

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Years 1-2

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann is a book that appeals across a wide age range. It makes a compelling focus for creative projects in the KS1 classroom…

What is Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann about?

Washed in by the tide, a polar bear arrives on the shores of a northern forest and settles in an abandoned cave.

The animals who live nearby are frightened of the stranger. They call him Leaf, because of his habit of collecting plants, but nobody is brave enough to speak to him – until the bear makes a pair of leafy wings and tries to fly.

He fails, of course, but at last the others listen to his tale of separation, misery and loneliness.

This beautiful picture book has plenty of heart – but there’s bite here, too, beneath the decorative surface. It’s an original story, not a retelling, but feels grounded in a way that adds genuine heft to Dieckmann’s rich and satisfying artwork.

Leaf has been informed and shaped by northern folk traditions. This is not only in Dieckmann’s use of colour and patterns, but also in the darker aspects of the story.

What themes does the book cover?

  • Separation from home and family
  • The threat of environmental imbalance
  • Mistrust of the ‘other’

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