One Seed - now offering FREE DOWNLOADS of the PDF book in English, French, Persian and English-Persian, plus the Read-along and Sing-along MP3s, and Videos. See below for links and details.
Follow this link to the Facebook Video of children in Shimoneseki, Yamaguchi, Japan, at the New Beginning International School, performing the One Seed story and song as a play for their graduation ceremony on March 21, 2016.
About the Story
It is a story about courage, hope, perseverance, being different, and making a difference. It encourages discussion on everything from how to grow a garden, to inventors, to having ideas, to having the courage to do something you didn't think you could do, to the fact that just about everything in this world comes from a seed. And it's a fun story! To see all the subjects and areas of discussion visit the Presentation-Performance page.
|"A simple story of life, which children and adults the world over will treasure - and the seed will be sown in many a classroom and home." - Christine Carruthers, retired teacher, London UK|
One Seed - The Book
The original edition, published in 2002, is of simple design with black and white illustrations and one dramatic colour page, to be easily printed at the local print shop. It includes the music for the song. Printed copies are still available.
The 2010 edition (awaiting reprints but is presently available here as a FREE PDF download) has colour throughout and was reduced in size to become a little book, pocket size. This edition also includes a Kids' Art Gallery, a page for creating artwork, some questions about seeds, seeds as ideas, and the music and read-along, sing-along recordings (now available here as FREE MP3s).
That same year the story was translated into French as "Une Petite Graine" and also into Persian.
|"This little story, for children and weary activists, is available at the Kamloops Public Library. Written by Rosemary Phillips, the book and accompanying cd gently remind us that the courage of one has deep and far-reaching impact." SoundKamploops.com|
FREE PDF Downloads
One Seed has now grown. It has, as retired teacher Christine Carruthers predicted in 2002, reached around the world. Thanks to the video on YouTube it has been used in schools and homes, and in community groups on all five continents. It has also been used in English as a Second Language programs. The Kids Art Gallery shows drawings that have come from many different parts of the world.
To celebrate, One Seed is being made FREE as a PDF, in English, French and Persian. The now newly revised English version PDF also contains the visuals from the video (that you can see at the top of this page). Please click on the links below to download the PDFs.
One Seed - The Song
When rehearsing for a theatrical presentation of the story "One Seed" a song was created. It came together in a matter of about an hour. That very afternoon the children rehearsed it while standing underneath the apricot tree in the garden and performed it that very night. It has now been sung by children around the world. Click on the following links for the sheet music, lyrics and actions.
One Seed Recordings - Read-along and Sing-along
The same children who performed the story and song for a concert in 2002 also participated in the One Seed recording session. The recordings feature vocals, guitar, keyboard and sound effects by Rosemary Phillips, vocals and sound effects by Clare and Darbye Turner, Leah, Monique and Marc Peron, and bass guitar by John Vere. It was recorded and engineered at Cactus Music Studios in Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada.
In 2012 the recordings were made into videos, first of the book and song, along with information for children about seeds and ideas (seen at the top of this page), and then a separate video with just the song as seen here. Both have been on YouTube and been viewed in many countries around the world.
One Seed as a Play - with FREE PDF Scripts and Music
"One Seed" can be performed as a play with children taking on the roles of narrator and seeds. (See above for FREE PDF of scripts for the five "Seeds".) Children can also create a "sound-effects department" by using instruments, blocks of sandpaper, xylophone, keyboard sounds for birds and insects and wind, or the children can make the noises themselves such as the whooshing of the wind, or the sound of being weary and tired travelers. The song makes a wonderful ending. Please feel free to present "One Seed" in schools and places of learning, and community with children's classes, groups, clubs and organizations - anywhere in the world.
Schools, kindergarten classes and choirs in Canada, the US, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Australia have sung the "One Seed" song and even presented the story for Earth Days, concerts and assemblies.
|OK Falls presents "One Seed" for Earth Day|
One Seed - Presentation and Performance
One Seed has been presented and performed in many schools and on concert stages. Rosemary has developed a presentation for Grades K-3 that can be seen on the Presentation & Performance page. The basic presentation format is included in the video at the top of the page. For feedback from teachers visit Reviews.
|Children join in reading "One Seed" |
Children and parents love the book and recordings.
One report from a grandparent was that her granddaughter's family had to put the CD player in her own room because she just kept on playing the CD over and over again. The CD has also been known to calm down irate children while they travel by car. It has also helped a young Kindergarten student who before hearing the CD "One Seed" didn't want to read. Now he reads.
What Children Say (see Reviews for more comments):
"This story makes me feel happy because it teaches people to believe in themselves!" Jessica, age 5.
"This story means a lot to me because I learned more about faith and courage. This story teaches me to be a better person." Jaimie, Grade 3.
"This story makes me think about what we need to live. List of things that the Seed would need to survive - soil, water, sun, care, love. List of things that people need to survive - food, air, love, care, a strong house. I think seeds and people both need love and care!" Dryden, Grade 3.
Published and Copyright 2002, 2010 and 2016
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Book/CD/Music - ISBN 0-9731568-1-2
PDF/MP3 Electronic ISBN 0-9731568-3-6
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