The Copper Tree

Christmas Surprise

Written by Hilary Robinson Illustrated by Mandy Stanley

The elderly residents at Pine Tree Lodge are missing Bonnie, a retired guide dog, who is recovering at the vets. But when the Copper Tree Class are asked to go and cheer them up for Christmas they discover a wealth of surprises awaits them too.

Book cover of Christmas Surprise - by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley

A book about the experience of life

Hilary developed the idea of celebrating the wisdom of age and the innocence of youth after hearing of a care home which insists on displaying photos of the residents in their younger days on the doors of their rooms in order to encourage visitors and carers to understand and appreciate more about their lives.

Rev. Canon Ann Easter, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, said: “The book gently touches on areas of experience and facts about ageing, which may be new or difficult for children, and those who read with them, and encourages thoughtful reflection in a positive and helpful way.”