From the Publisher
Hilary Robinson, (Mixed Up Fairy Tales, Hodder Children's Books) and Mandy Stanley (Lettice The Rabbit, Random House), have, in their latest collaboration created a story to help children aged 4 to 7 years old, and those that read with them, understand and come to terms with the death of someone close.
The Copper Tree provides the ideal opportunity for addressing and exploring issues which are associated with bereavement. It has a balanced approach with a strong emphasis on preparation as well as on the event of death and the period of tasking that follows. The structure of the story has been designed to retain concentration and retention with a humorous and strong narrative while the use of the copper tree provides both a synthesis and a narrative solution readily adaptable to younger minds.
The Copper Tree deals with the facts directly but gently. According to leading childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, a child is bereaved of a parent every 22 minutes in this country - 24,000 children a year - and many more are affected by the loss of someone close, a sibling, grandparent, other relation, friend or significant person, like a teacher, in their life. The Copper Tree is not only a valuable resource but it is an accessible picturebook in its own right.
From the Author
Written as a result of personal experience of the premature death of a much loved sister in law I consulted with those that had been affected in a similar way and with educationalists and bereavement experts for advice and guidance on the narrative. Working alongside illustrator, Mandy Stanley, our hope is that The Copper Tree will not only help children through the most difficult process of death and grief but also provide guidance for parents, family members, teachers and carers. It was also our aim to create an accessible picturebook that would sit comfortably alongside all stories on the bookshelf.