Here is the actual and very real teacher, Chris Connell, and some of his happy students who star in the fourth life of The Nine Lives of Pinrut the Turnip Boy. They all happily attend Greentree School in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Needless to say, we can see that he is not the villainous, pedantic and turnip-hating pedagogue who appears in the book. His students, however, do look fun-loving and slightly mischievous to me! :)
The photo comes from an article on Pinrut and the students that appeared in The Drumheller Mail. Photo credit: Patrick Kolafa.