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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Strauss House Productions; 1 edition (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957124503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957124509
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 0.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilary Robinson is an author, broadcaster and radio producer. She was born in Devon and brought up in Nigeria and England. The author of over fifty books her second book, Prima Spiderina, was shortlisted by the English Society for Best Picture Book and The Magical Book of Mix Ups (Spells and Smells) for the Experian Big Three Award. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015 for Where The Poppies Now Grow, the first of a trilogy of books to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Her latest series of books - The Copper Tree - deals with challenging issues as they affect children including bereavement, bullying and poverty all set within the framework of accessible stories. Her books have been translated into a number of languages and are sold across the world. She lives and works in London and Yorkshire

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Website www.hilaryrobinson.co.uk
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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Fitzpatrick on 28 Mar 2012
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Firstly, let me admit that I reviewed this book prior to publishing. I am a university academic working and researching bereavement. This book, using positive narrative deployment and continuing bonds theroy, is a much need addition to childrens litreture on bereavement and loss. It provides a useful tool for classroom and the home for introducing young children to the concept of serious loss and (by cleaver storytelling) how they will navigate their way through it. I strongly commed it not only for when a child has encountered death, but as a very good general reading book as the subject area is in the national curriculum. The book, which focuses on a class dealing with the loss of a teacher, is gentle, warm and funny. It works and I strongly commend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen on 19 May 2012
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As a retired teacher I remember the times when there were issues, beyond teaching, that had to be dealt with in a sensitive manner. Bereavement is one of these issues. The impact on a young child to losing a person that has had been important to them can never be measured but, as an adult, you know needs supporting. To read a story at such times, was always my first instinct and 'The Copper Tree' is the book I would reach for. Through understanding, sensitivity and humour a child will begin to understand how to cope with their loss. The story of this class, who are missing their teacher, is complemented by the wonderful illustrations. Through'The Copper Tree' Hilary Robinson has described achild's world and shown the different way children respond to death. The humour comes through the characters. I love Alfie - what a star.
I would recommend that every school should have this book on their library shelf. It would be safe on the shelf for general reading but an essential resource for every Primary school teacher. It opens the door to ask and answer all the questions a child or a group of children may ask.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Families Leeds on 14 May 2012
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I've just come downstairs after reading The Copper Tree with my daughters. It's the story of a class who have to cope with the death of their teacher Miss Evans. The reader follows the children as they learn she's unwell, and then witness the charming young characters cope with their loss. The first thing to say is, it's not a sad story. It's a story about how every person leaves a part of themselves when they pass. But most of all its a story about how to guide a child through the grief process.
We see the children remember the gifts their teachers gave them - the gift of sharing, of laughter and friendship. Those are the gifts that live on. It's a book you hope you'll never need, but every family needs to have it on their bookshelves. It's not just for the times when your family is coping with grief. It's a story about how death is never the end if you've given of yourself in life.
I'll leave the last word to my 8 year old
"Its about remembering the good bits of a person and putting them inside you."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linda on 16 Aug 2012
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WOW what a read! This book deals with a sensitive subject in a very mindful manner, taking great care of children's hearts and minds as the story unfolds. The book is well crafted, humorous and believable; the author has obviously spent time making sure this book is a treasure for all child care practitioners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anya56 on 15 Jan 2014
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I chose this book for a younger child in my class who had suffered the loss of a close family member. The story was perfect but ran a little close to home as it was the teacher who passed away
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elke on 30 Aug 2013
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'The Copper Tree' by Hilary Robinson & Mandy Stanley is one of the most beautiful books dealing with childhood bereavement I have ever seen. And being a young widow with very young children myself, I have seen many, or rather: the very few that are out there. This book tells the moving story of Miss Evans, a primary school teacher who falls ill with cancer, and sadly later dies from the disease. It shows how the other teachers deal with the situation and involve the children; how the kids make 'get-well-cards' for Miss Evans, and include her in their school events at the beginning of her battle, and, after her death, how they remember her. Again, this is very personal to me, as I fought breast cancer last year, and know from experience just how precious and how much help it is to have people's support/cards/drawings/encouraging words.

This book gives both the adults and the children permission to talk about subjects which are still largely considered a taboo in this country: cancer and death. It is done in a truly beautiful and inspiring way, and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Rather than be frightened to speak to people/families who are ill and/or bereaved, this book actively encourages the reader to get involved and remember the deceased.

It is written in a language young children understand, and the attention to detail is beautiful. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Thank you Hilary & Mandy for making this - it is very special indeed and much needed. xx
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By LouBlou on 27 Mar 2014
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But I doubt a child who has lost a parent or sibling would relate their situation to this. It is a lovely book though - possibly better for a child who has lost a nan or grandad or family friend as a teacher would not be someone who lived with them and their dying would not affect them in a way that a parent or sibling dying would.
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