Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas
Four paw prints. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a little boy with a very long name. He is also a very lucky little boy. He has many friends who live in the home next his because this is a home for old people. He has friends who like music, play cricket, and tell stories, but his favorite friend is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper has four names just like Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. But Wilfrid is worried. His parents say that Miss Nancy is losing her memory. Wilfrid wants to help Miss Nancy find her memory but he's not exactly sure what a memory is or how it can be found. His friends at the home for old people offer to help Wilfrid, but will the help be enough for Miss Nancy? This is a wonderful book. It is a good way to introduce young children to the problems of memory loss and what children can do to help old people still feel good about themselves. I especially like Wilfrid's innocence when he is trying to help Miss Nancy find something she has "lost". If you want to learn more about Mem Fox and her books then visit http://www.memfox.com/.