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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

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In this very special story Wilfrid helps his 96-year-old friend regain some of her memories.
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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

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
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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.

Macy Tone
"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
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...more
Katlin Sims
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
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...more
Roger DeBlanck
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
Nani Yanagi
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
Sally Deem
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
Fox, M. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Brooklyn, NY: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (1989).
Illustrated by Julie Vivas

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is about a little boy who lives next door to a nursing home and is friends with an old woman with a name just as long as his: Miss Nancy Alison Delacout Cooper. Miss Nancy has Alzheimer's and Wilfrid does not understand where her memory went, and sets off to search for things that make up Miss Nancy's memories.

This is one of the sweetest books I...more
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
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
Alisha Slone
This book is about a young boy named Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. He lives next door to an old people's home and he knows everyone that lives there. The story describes several elderly people by their names and a little about their personilities. But Wilfrid's favorite person at the elderly home is a lady by the name of Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. He likes her because she has four names just as he did. He called her Miss Nancy and told her all his secrets. He overhears his parents...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
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
Kassie Houston
Grade: K-2
Genre: International

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...more
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
Rebekah Choat
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, a small boy of unspecified age but “he wasn’t very old either,” lives next door to an old folks’ home and visits the residents there. Upon hearing that his particular friend Miss Nancy has lost her memory, Wilfrid Gordon sets himself a quest to learn what a memory is, and to find one to give Miss Nancy. Drawing on the insights of his other older friends and reaching into his own special treasures, he succeeds.

This is one of those children’s books I checked out...more
Amy Musser
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
I hope when I am an old lady like Miss Nancy that I will have my own Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge to help me "find" my memories. Tears come to me eyes with each reading because Wilfred is such a compassionate little guy. This is an all-time favourite book that I have read countless times to classes of children over the years.Julie Vivas' illustrations complete the package--they are wonderful as always.
I LOVED how Wilfred Gordon went around gathering what everyone told him was their idea of memory just to give Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper her memory back. When asked, "What's a memory?" his parents replied, "Something you remember." The elderly described memory as something warm, something from long ago, Something that makes you cry, something that makes you laugh, and something as precious as gold. Wilfred came up with shoe box of shells he had found long ago, a puppet on strings which m...more
This book uses repetition and rhyming as key learning outcomes and literacy concepts. This is a sweet story about a young boy who makes a connection with the senior citizens who live next to him. He forms a particular bond with an elderly women who also has a unique number of names (4) to be exact! Wilfred is informed that Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper has a disease that makes her loose her memory. Curiously, Wilfred ask what a "memory" is and began his journey through discovering the meani...more
Published: 1984, Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Age: PreK-3

A touching story about a little boy who lives next to a nursing home. He talks to the people who live there and finds something interesting about each one of them. He especially likes one lady who has 4 names just like he does. The boy's parents say she has lost her memory because she is so old. He sets out to find out what "memory" is so he can help her get it back. He unknowingly ends up helping the lady get some fond memories back.
This i...more
Fox and Vivas create a friendship between a "not very old" boy and very old people that is whimsical, innocent, down-to-earth, and deep. I haven't found enough books about young and old friendships - and fewer that handle them with such a light touch. As always, Fox creates a cadence using rhythm and repetition that makes you want to read along. Vivas is illustrations are full of life and movement. Wilfrid Gordon, in particular, is always in motion. The older people are huge - just as the would...more
Codie Gates
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to the nursing home. He likes a lot of the people there for different reasons. He likes one lady in particular because she has four names like him. Miss Nancy has a bad memory and Wilfrid asks the others at the home what a memory is. His elderly friends tell him different things that a memory can be: warm, full of laughter, sentimental, and more. He finds things around his house to put in a box to help Miss Nancy get her memory back. She soon her...more
Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told, this story chronicles a young boy's friendship with many nursing home residents,most especially one. A fabulous book to use when discussing aging, appreciating the elderly, death, and friendship to young children with.
Mary Wilkinson
I love this book, Wifrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox. I read it to my elementary students every year to start them thinking about memories they have and could possibly write about. Thank you, Mem Fox, for such an inspiring book.
Brittany L.
Sep 06, 2008 Brittany L. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Brittany by: Bonnie Griffith, 1st Grade Teacher
This was the first book I had ever read by Mem Fox. It caught my attention, and now I am currently reading all of her children's books. I loved this book!

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a little boy who lives next to an old people’s home, and is sad when he hears that Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper has lost her memory. Wilfrid then sets out to find out what a memory is. He gets a lot of different opinions. Some say it is something that makes you laugh, makes you sad, that it is something fro...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.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over three million. And in th...more
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