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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

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A small boy tries to discover the meaning of memory so he can restore that of an elderly friend.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published 1984)
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Mike Puma
Mar 18, 2013 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and other non-jaundiced
Once upon a time, if only in a picture book, a young boy—one Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge—lived next door to an old folk’s home.
description Where he was lucky enough to know all the residents.

”description”/ Like Mr. Tippett who was crazy about cricket.

But his very favorite resident was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, and all because she had four names, like he did. description

After hearing his parents discussing poor Miss Nancy’s loss of memory, Wilfrid asks everyone at the home what a memory is before going in search of

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Yael
What a book! I get tears in my eyes each time I read this book, even though I know what's coming. Here are the things I liked and think are worthy to notice in a classroom: the illustrations, although cartoon like, are accurate in an interesting way. The older people in the book are overweight, have wrinkles, wear glasses, and wear commonly worn clothes for people at an old age home. I have been to an old age home where you walk in and see several people lined up in comfortable chairs just sitti ...more
Macy Tone
Oct 25, 2012 Macy Tone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wilfred Gordon McDonald Patridge" by Mem Fox is a touching book mostly for adults but can be relatable to children. Fox was an Australian children's writer and this book was originally published in Australia. It is about a little boy who lives next to a nursing home and meets new friends. One day, he overhears his parents talk about his favorite friend in the nursing home named, Miss. Nancy who has lost her memory. Wilfred loves Miss. Nancy because she has four names like him--Miss. Nancy Aliso ...more
Melissa
This may just be my favorite picture book ever. I discovered it during grad school when I worked at a children's bookstore, and it was love at first read. I don't think I have ever once read it without tearing up. When I read it to the littles yesterday, Scott had to step in near the end when I was too choked up to speak. It's a beautiful book, and true in the way that sometimes only fiction is.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a little boy who lives next to an old-age home. He is friends wit
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Paul  Hankins
As a younger child, my mother worked in a long-term care facility. Her shift was such that I would ride to work with her and then catch the bus from the facility to my school (yes, this was the seventies. . .we did these kinds of things).

I still remember Otto who made these lovely items out of rubber balls and yarn. I wish I had mine still.

I still remember Frieda who would bang her spoon around her bowl when it was empty. The memory is as clear as the Maypo I would share with the residents.

And
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Jack Kirby and the X-man
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Jenny
I love this story. Wilfred's elderly neighbor, Miss Nancy, has lost her memories. He wants to help her find them but he's not sure what a memory is. So he begins asking other neighbors and they each describe memories in a different way...something sad, something funny, something warm, something from long ago, etc. So Wilfred collects an object for each of these descriptions to share with Miss Nancy, helping her to regain her own memories.

This is a wonderful book to read as a writing model. Child
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Katlin Sims
Jul 12, 2013 Katlin Sims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feelings
A little boy named Wilfred Gordon Mcdonald Partridge lived next door to an "old people's home" and he knew all the people that lived there. Wilfred Gordon Mcdonald Partridge's favorite person though was a woman named Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. She had four names just like him, but he just called her Miss Nancy. They shared all their secrets and spent a lot of time together. One day Wilfred Gordon's parents were talking about Miss Nancy and said that she had lost all her memory. Wilfred ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Oct 20, 2016 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge uses first-rate dialogue to express ideas of friendship, caring, curiosity, and remembrance. Fox also makes splendid use of figurative language by comparing memory throughout the book to a number of different things. She describes memory as something “warm,” something “from long ago,” something “that makes you cry,” something “that makes you laugh,” and something “as precious as gold.” This picture book allows young readers to engage in a rich and rewa ...more
Angela Maher
Nov 02, 2015 Angela Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-books
A lovely book for children exploring what memories are. Beautifully illustrated.
Nani Yanagi
Apr 29, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young boy named Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge. He is friends with a bunch of people from the old people home next door, especially Ms. Nancy. Ms.Nancy is special because she is older and does not remember things like we do (she has short term memory loss). One day, he asked his parents what a memory was. They responded saying it is something you remember. This sparked his curiosity, so he asked many of the other friends he had at the old people home. Mrs. Jordan said it w ...more
Megan
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The Reading Countess
A delightful tale of a unique boy with an even more unique name struggling to connect with an aging resident and neighbor until one day he collects memories for her. Beautifully written and artfully illustrated, this one stands the test of time. But the best thing about Mem Fox's masterpiece is that even the older readers will sit still for it!

I reread this one to all of my classes each year as we prep for our personal narrative writing. All told, I've read Mem Fox's classic book about plucking
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Karen
Nov 06, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
Ben rated this 4 stars...he would have given it 5 stars if it was longer :) ha ha.
Ellie rated it 4 stars, Mom 5 stars, Jacob 3 stars...1/6/15

Jacob read for November Pizza Hut Reading Challenge..krb 11/6/16 He rated this 3 stars.
Miki
Jan 20, 2015 Miki rated it really liked it
A beautifully tender book about a little boy who brings memories to an old friend who has lost her own. The illustrations are just as poignant as the text. Made me teary-eyed.
Mitchell
Sweet little book which goes out of its way to explain losing-your-memory in old people to a young boy. The art is fine as is the writing. But it just worked too hard to be enjoyable. Worth reading, especially to someone experiencing what Wilfrid is experiencing, but not something I'd want in a regular rotation.
Brendan
Dec 31, 2016 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old or young, relationships are always important.
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 20, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful and heart-warming story of friendship.
Hannah Delaughter
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is about a young boy who goes to visit the elderly at the nursing home and makes a friend there named Miss. Nancy. Miss. Nancy lost her memory and the little boy didn't know what a memory was, so he went around to all the elderly and asked what a memory was. Every person answered differently which gave Wilfred Gordon an idea of how to find Miss. Nancy's lost memory. He brought her random things that he thought that would help her. As she picked up the various i ...more
Ch_hayley Medsker
I listened to Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox on storylineonline.net. It was read by Bradley Whitford, whom I was not familiar with, but was thoroughly impressed with oratory skills during the read aloud. Young Wilfrid is a boy that lives next door to a retirement home. He befriends several of the residents and the reader is introduced to many of them. Wilfrid "loved Mrs. Jordan who played the organ. He listened to Mr. Hosking who told scary stories. He played with Mr. Tippet who wa ...more
Kassie Houston
Grade: K-2
Genre: International
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This book has a variety of topics that could be explored, such as: respecting elders and each other, the key word "memory", and many more. After reading this book to my class I would go into a deeper relationship of what it means to have a memory and what the students think the word means. This exercise would give the students a better connection with the reading as a whole and the assignment that would be presented to them later. Once establishing that
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Megan Cureton
I loved this story that is about the young and the old coming together. Wilfred Gordon Mcdonald Partridge lives next to a nursing home and visits it regularly and interacts with the people in the home. His favorite though, is Miss Nancy, because she has four names just like him. Until one day, he overhears his parents talking about how she has lost her memory. Wilfred does everything he can and talks to everyone to learn exactly what 'memory' is. After talking, he goes and collects these items f ...more
Stacy Boyd
Jun 06, 2016 Stacy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilfrid Gordon lived next to an "old people's home." He is such a kind spirit and speaks to everyone there but his favorite person of all is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt because of her name. Wilfrid overhears his parents speaking on Miss Nancy about her losing her memories. Being such a concerned friend Wilfrid Gordon sets on a journey to find out exactly what are memories and how he can return them to his good friend. He ask everyone in the home who gave them their own perspectives on what memor ...more
Atziri
Mem Fox is one of my favorite authors. she has an wonderful way of pulling one into a story. In this story "a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.. who wasn't very old" is friends with all the old people from the house next door. But, his special friend is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt with whom he shares all his secrets. One day Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge learns that he best friend has lost her memory. And this is where the magic of Mem Fox comes in. Wilfrid collects several ...more
Tess Gatof
Nov 09, 2015 Tess Gatof rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilfird Gordon McDonald Partridge tells an endearing story about a young boy who lives next to a nursing home and wants to help one of the residents regain her memory! The only problem is, is that he doesn't know exactly what a memory is! He asks other residents for help, wondering "What is a memory?" Each of them tell him something different and from that list he creates a wonderful gift for Nancy, the resident who lost her memory. She begins to remember and is so thankful for Wilfird's help. T ...more
Sally Deem
Jan 20, 2014 Sally Deem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox has written a very touching story of a small child who lives next door to an old people's home and becomes friends with the occupants. He is closest to Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has four names like he does. One day he overhears his parents talking about poor Miss Nancy because she has lost her memory. Wilfrid sets out to help her create new memories by filling a shoebox with items that are precious to him, however, when Miss Nanc ...more
Julia
Mar 06, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
Wifrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was the first of Mem Fox's books to be published in the United States. The story is based on her experience with her grandfather who lived in a nursing home. Fox creates a young boy, Wilfrid (her grandfathers name), who lives next door to a nursing home. He knows all the people who live there but his favorite person of all is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. He tells her all his secrets. When Wifrid hears his parents talking about poor old Nancy loosing her me ...more
Amy Forrester
Jan 15, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a small boy with a big name. He lives next door to a retirement home and he’s friends with all the residents, from Mr. Hosking who tells him crazy stories to Miss Mitchell who walks with a wooden stick. But Wilfrid’s favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt. She has a name as long as his and he tells her all his secrets. Wilfrid is confused when his parents tell him that Miss Nancy has lost her memory. He’s not quite sure what a memory is, so he asks his frien ...more
Melanie
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was a young boy who lived next door to a retirement community. He loved visiting the older people. His favorite person was a woman named Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, because she had four names like he did. One day Wilfrid hears his parents talking about Miss Nancy and how she has no memory. He asks different people in the retirement home what a memory is. He gets many different answers. Such as something warm, something from long ago, something that makes you ...more
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Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily ever after.

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