The Sound of Picture Books really came alive in September when The Literature Centre, in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha Australia, proudly performed in the Performing Arts Centre at Comet Bay College. Hundreds of students from Comet Bay PS, Golden Bay PS and Secret Harbour PS were thoroughly entertained during their highly interactive multi-modal workshop for the picture book Tree. Tree, by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley is a ‘little story about big things’ and explores the cycle of life, the turn of seasons, survival of the fittest and the delicacy of the natural world through a combination of dramatic illustrations, the minimalist text and the breath-taking original music.
The secondary students witnessed a powerful and thought provoking performance of the book Home and Away that featured WASO’s superb string quintet, Yamaha’s Alf Demasi, narration by Danny Parker and illustrations by Matt Ottley. This compelling and confronting story tells of one Australian family as they suffer the hardships and terrors of war. Forced to flee Australia, they set out to find a new and safe home in a distant land.