I was very pleased to receive Hilary Robinson’s latest book ‘Christmas Surprise’. Hilary’s previous book The Copper Tree which I reviewed earlier in the year approached bereavement in the most sensitive, child friendly way and is a real gift.
Christmas Surprise is no less sensitive and this time approaches the very different topic of respect and friendship across generations. The delightful Copper Tree class return and this time they are preparing for Christmas and are invited to visit the elderly people at the local care home. The children are encouraged to come up with ideas to help and entertain the residents and their suggestions include singing, decorating the lounge and dressing up in nativity costumes. The children are introduced to the people who live there and told some of their stories such as Violet Starr who use to be a singer and Mr Potts who use to be a gardener.
In a gentle child friendly manner this book teaches children that the elderly use to be young like them. It encourages kindness and promotes understanding even in the very young. …