Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem Fox

Paperback, 1989



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Kane Miller (1989), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


A small boy tries to discover the meaning of "memory" so he can restore that of an elderly friend.

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LibraryThing member JNino
This is a very sweet book about a young boy who befriends an elderly woman who has forgotten things about her past. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge takes it upon himself being the younger soul visiting the nursing home to ask his elderly friends what memories are and how he can bring things to
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this older woman to re-jog her memory. A wonderful book to use with your students to talk about getting old and having wonderful memories.
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LibraryThing member slw017
I thought the book would be perfect for younger kids. It has a good example of what a good young boy or girl should be like, very caring and sweet to the people around them. Here you see the innocence of the little boy, and how many think that things are not possible, but by a little kid can things
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be made known. The old woman had her precious memory restored to her, thanks to a little boy who was not that old.
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LibraryThing member eecnelsen
The pictures are great!!! This little boy with a big name bonds to the people in the old folks home next door. The pictures of these old people really look like the elderly do. This is a really fun book!!!
LibraryThing member tracyslaybaugh
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is the story of a boy with four names who lives next to an "old peoples' home" which he visits often and as made many friends.

I liked this story because it shows young people that they can relate to the older generation. This book also shows children how much joy
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they can bring into a senior citizens life if they just reach out like this little boy.

You could use this book to teach children how precious memories are to senior citizens and how they enjoy sharing their memories. This book would also be helpful to read to a group of children that you are going to take to a nursing home so that the children could see that it is not such a scary place.
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LibraryThing member kaiserestates
In this book, a boy, with four names lives next door to an old peoples home. He is unable to make friends with kids his own age and he goes and makes friends with the people at the old folks home. This book can be used to teach kids that they can make friends with older people and can learn many
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LibraryThing member pfairf
Grade 1-3 A small boy, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, knows and likes all of the old folks in the home next door, but his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper she has four names, too. Hearing that she has lost her memory, he asks the old folks what a memory is ("Something from long
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ago" ; "Something that makes you laugh;" "Something warm;" etc.), ponders the answers, then gathers up memories of his own (seashells collected long ago last summer, a feathered puppet with a goofy expression, a warm egg fresh from the hen) to give her. In handling Wilfrid's memories, Nancy finds and shares her own. The illustrationssplashy, slightly hazy watercolors in rosy pastelscontrast the boy's fidgety energy with his friends' slow, careful movements and capture the story's warmth and sentiment.
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LibraryThing member cdswindle
Type- Picture Book: Intermediate, Genre- Realistic Fiction, Illustrations-Painted.
This book is a heart warming book about a young boy who lives next door to a nursing home. He spends a lot of his time visiting those who live in the nursing home but he finds one lady who has lost her memory, and he
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helps bring it back for her. This story about young and old will melt anyone's heart.
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LibraryThing member jalann
I loved this book! This book would be excellent to read with any grade. The touching story of the young boy giving the old lady her memorys was so sweet. This would be excelent to read to cildren if you take children to a retirement home. Wonderful book for any time!
LibraryThing member MelanieRoss
This story is about a young boy named Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge who lived next door to an old people's home. This little boy loved to go visit with the old people and learn about all kinds of things. He made friends with all of the old people; however, he liked Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt
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Cooper the best because she had a name just as long as his. One day, he heard his parents talking about her and the fact that she has lost her memory. His parents explained to him what a memory was, but he wanted to know more so he asked several old people he had become friends with. Each person had a somewhat different answer. Based on each of the answers, he found several items that met that criteria and then placed them in a basket to give Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. This basket truly helped her because she soon began to remember several things from her past, including the day she met Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
I would read this book to students in kindergarten through third grade. A good time to read this is when explaining to students the importance of helping others. This book emphasizes the value of kindness by showing the good that can come from it.
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LibraryThing member AuntKrissy
Author Mem Fox and illustrator Julie Vivas truly deliver with this gem. A young boy helps his elderly friend who is suffering from memory loss recall some precious experiences from time long ago. It's a beautiful story of empathy, fostering respect and love for those in their golden years. Refrain
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and powerful word choice are employed throughout the text. Vividly depicted, the illustrations prove to be delightful as well.
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LibraryThing member lewaddell
This book is very sweet. Wilfrid Gordon helps Miss Nancy remember things from her past without even realizing it really. He is just searching for a memory, which he thinks is one certain thing, so he brings several things that are important to him. Each one of the things brings another memory for
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Miss Nancy.
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LibraryThing member clgribbin
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge is a young boy that lives next door to an old people's home. He enjoys hanging out with a few of them for different reasons. His favorite is Miss Nancy because she was 4 names like him. He finds out that she is losing his memory, so he asks around to see what
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memory is. He takes all the definitions he got and gathers things to give Miss Nancy to help her memory.
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LibraryThing member victoriawatson
Interesting book about a little boy with four names who become fond of a ninety-six year old woman who has lost her memory.
LibraryThing member mlcrofford
This is a book about a young boy who helps his friend at the nursing home regain her memory. He brings her things from his own home and helps her to remember special moments from her past. This is a good book that relates to grandparents and memories.
LibraryThing member aelambert
This book is about a little boy that has four names. He feels close to Ms. Nancy because she has four names too. He helps her get her memory back and they share secrets today.
LibraryThing member klpopwell
I read this book for a Say Something read aloud, because I thought that it could create a lot of thoughts between the students. This book is a great story about a little boy and him wanting to make a difference in someone's life.
LibraryThing member PSequeira
Good book to show students how memories have an everlasting impact on our lives. Shows how others can impact us just as much as we can impact them.
LibraryThing member mcdarden
This book is great for teaching students what a memory is. We can tell students that certain objects, people, and places will remind them of memories. We can have students do an activity describing different objects that remind them of a wonderful memory.
LibraryThing member ktextor
This is a book about a little boy who lives next to a nursing home and become friends with all the elderly people who live next door. One day he finds out that his friend who has a very long name like he does has lost her memory. He asks all the people in the home what a memory is to help his
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friend find her memory once again. When he asks he gets many different answers and tries to find things in his home to help her remember things from when she was a little girl. Wilfrid brings them to the home to next day and finds a way for her to remember all of the different things she once knew. Very cute book about becoming friends with different people and helping others in unexpected places.
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LibraryThing member Joanwilliams49
I use this book on t he first day of class with my preservice teachers and then I share my important memories. The next class they bring memories to share in a groupo.
LibraryThing member tas026
The story is about a little boy who retrieves someones memory by collecting objects that had a special meaning to that person. This way the little boy feels much better knowing that he help someone remember the special things about life.
LibraryThing member kmlopez
This book is about a boy's search for the meaning of the word "memory" and receives various definitions. He uses these different definitions to help an old woman regain her memory loss by using his own interpretations of the definitions. This is a good book to learn about friendships, helping out
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in the community, relationships with the elderly, and also to bring children's personal lives and experiences into discussion.
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
What is a memory? It's different things to different people. A litle boy "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" helps an older friend find her memories.
LibraryThing member saw022
This book tells the story of a young boy who helps Miss Nancy, who has lost her memory, to find it again. Wilfrid asks other adults he know "What's a memory?" and then uses the answers he recieves to find objects that to give to Miss Nancy to replace her memory.
LibraryThing member kluna4jc
A story of a young boy that lives near a retirement home and has made friends with many of the residents. One in particular, Ms. Nancy, is losing her memories and has asked Wilfrid to find them for her. He sets out to collect memories for her to help her remember.


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