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oxford reading tree - why are they called such odd names?

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lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 09:37:52

does anyone know/have a theory why the children are called Biff Chip and Kipper?

thank you!

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Mon 05-Nov-12 09:38:48

Think they're named after the authors children or family - if I remember correctly

LightTheGooTouchpaper Mon 05-Nov-12 09:39:31

Because it makes the DC recognise the sounds like Ch and K that they wouldn't commonly see as early readers?

RubberNeckNibbler Mon 05-Nov-12 09:42:23

Those are their nicknames. Real ones are something like Barbara, Christopher and Twatface.

Apparently use of nicknames was to minimise the kids who would have to endure being teased over the characters by sharing their names.

They have a surname too, something like Robinson.

<kill me now>

learnandsay Mon 05-Nov-12 09:42:33

They're named like that to give parents fair warning that the books are going to be stupid.

lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 10:01:03

hmm, not sure if we have nailed the reason yet!

verona Mon 05-Nov-12 10:15:35

Found this which explains the names-
www.slideshare.net/flisst/oxford-reading-tree-characters

lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 10:25:22

have got link trouble with that site - would you mind pasting here Verona? Am agog.

hels71 Mon 05-Nov-12 10:49:49

They are called Robinson
Kipper is really Christopher but could not say that when he was small
Biff is really Barbara and is Chip's twin
Chip is really David !
Does not explain where Biff and Chip as nicknames come from...

edam Mon 05-Nov-12 10:53:18

I've always assumed rubber's explanation was the right one - the names are weird to avoid matching any child in the classroom.

LostInWales Mon 05-Nov-12 10:56:57

We have Onw, Cad a Dids in the Welsh version. This weekend featuring the word 'breuddwydio' in the light green one (beginners apparently hmm). I am on my third run through the Oxford Reading Tree and will be so, so glad to see the back of them finally!

Trills Mon 05-Nov-12 10:57:04

I agree - so that it's unlikely that any of the kids reading will have the same name.

DeWe Mon 05-Nov-12 10:57:45

I have a friend who was one of the children it was tested on and they got to vote on the children's names and things like whether the parents were "mum and dad" or "mummy and daddy".

I have an Uncle Biff so took me ages to work out Biff was the girl. blush

lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 10:58:59

Trills, but then surely parents will start naming their babies Biff Chip and Kipper, resulting in a breakdown of the strategy. wink

lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 10:59:51

DeWe - WOW!

but yes Biff - anyone who has seen Back to the Future will think Biff is a boy

Trills Mon 05-Nov-12 11:00:30

Parents will start naming their babies Biff, Chip, and Kipper? Really? Why would they do that?

lingle Mon 05-Nov-12 11:51:13

have you got the wink emoticon disabled trills?

Ponders Mon 05-Nov-12 11:54:46

I always assumed it was for some phonic/word recognition reason

Kewcumber Mon 05-Nov-12 12:23:20

Its to provide some interest prior to the books actually becoming readable (when the magic key appears).

Any attempt to pretend that they are based on real children is just to avoid the fact that the books are deathly dull and that mum has bad make up and strange triangular earrings.

edam Mon 05-Nov-12 20:08:59

Have you noticed the author/illustrator crops up in every book? There's the same picture of the same bystander bloke in every one.

I can see the point if you are Leonardo Da Vinci - although he didn't do it - but not if you are responsible for something as horrible as ORT.

ninah Mon 05-Nov-12 20:12:12

no it can't be phonics, if anything that makes it tricky as you start reading the Chiffer names before you learn some of the phonemes
I didn't know the nosy neighbour chap was author, that's interesting
he doesn't flatter himself

Ponders Mon 05-Nov-12 20:17:58

whose are the lost (broken?) glasses?

ninah Mon 05-Nov-12 20:18:54

wot glasses?

simpson Mon 05-Nov-12 20:26:04

There is a pair of glasses to hunt for in every ORT book (well, the newer ones anyway)...

ninah Mon 05-Nov-12 20:27:31

really? blush oops didn't know that! we doing guided reading tomorrow, a whole new dimension to the experience!

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