The Copper Tree

Meet the characters

Olivia - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Hi I’m Olivia – I like ballet, swans and scrambled egg and writing and doodling.

I want to tell you a little bit about some of the children in the Copper Tree Class.

Olivia likes scrambled eggs

Alfie

Alfie - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Alfie

Alfie Tate talks a lot and is always doing things that makes our teacher get a bit cross. Mr Banks says he’s just “always on the go.”

Alfie knows a lot about birds and bats. His favourite bird is a Snowy Owl and he once saw a real ostrich running down the road. Sometimes he runs round the playground pretending to be an ostrich.

Alfie sometimes pretends to be an ostrich

Holly

Holly - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Holly

This is Holly. She is the quietest girl in the class and we all try to look after her because she cries sometimes like when she can’t do up her indoor shoes or when she colours outside the lines.

She was once the angel in a play that we did when we were in the Willow Tree Class – she was a very pretty angel but her halo kept slipping off and she nearly cried but didn’t.

Holly as an angel

Rupal

Rupal - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Rupal

Rupal’s mum and dad look after old people in a home. She says its like having lots of grannies and grandads.

Rupal has three pets. Bobby and Bess, retired husky dogs who used to pull sledges in Lapland, and Bonnie a retired guide dog.

Rupal sometimes bakes cakes and always brings iced buns into school when one of us has a birthday. When it was Barnie’s birthday she brought an extra bun for his big brother Max.

Rupal's husky dogs

Jake

Jake - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Jake

Jake likes to grow tomatoes and marrows. We all grew sunflowers once and Jake’s grew so high he needed a big watering can and Alfie Tate thought a giant might be at the top of it.

Jake sometimes bring carrots into school to share with us. He says people sometimes think carrots grow in supermarkets but they don’t. At the school fair Jake had a little stall selling his vegetables and everyone wanted some so they soon sold out.

Jake has an allotment near a farm and we are going to have a day out there soon.

Jake's tall sunflower

Barnie

Barnie - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Barnie

Barnie’s brother is called Max and looks after him and his dog. We call him Amazing Max because he is only ten. Max used to be a champion swimmer but he’s too busy to do that now but he takes Barnie swimming and always cheers him in his races.

Barnie is the class joker because he always makes us laugh.

Max the swimming champion

Erika

Erika - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Erika

Erika has come to live here from Poland and is learning to speak English. She is teaching us Polish words and we can count and sing in Polish too. She showed us pictures of where she used to live.

Our teacher thinks Erika is lucky because she will soon be able to speak two languages.

Erika is teaching us Polish

Hana

Hana - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Hana

This is Hana. Hana's grandparents come from a country near Poland but I can’t remember its name.

Hana comes to ballet with me and says she would either like to be a Princess when she grows up or to work in a petrol station. Our teacher said she could do both. It would be fun to see a Princess working in a petrol station.

Hana's ballet shoes

Mr Banks

Mr Banks

Mr Banks is our Head teacher but he is teaching our class as well at the moment.
He is very busy and very kind.

Mr Banks - illustration by Mandy Stanley for The Copper Tree

Henry

Henry

We got Henry when Charlie, another boy in our class, went to live in Australia. Charlie didn't think he would like to go on an aeroplane.

Henry goes to stay at Hana's house in the holidays and at weekends.

We've noticed he listens well when it's storytime.