Monday, August 06, 2007

Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge

I've never reviewed a children's picture book here before, but Mem Fox's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was too good to miss. It's a story for anyone with a relative with Alzheimer's, teachers, or anyone with friends in retirement homes. It's just a beautiful book.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a young boy who lives next to "an old people's home," and he's a friend of all the residents. However, his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt because she has four names like he does. He doesn't understand his parents when they say she's lost her memory, so he asks some of the residents about memories. Their comments help him collect some items that he shares with her, items that help her share her memories with the young boy.

I picked up the book because I'm working in the children's department at the library today, and a teacher was looking for it. She's planning a lesson around memories, and she's going to ask the children to bring in an item that relates to a memory. However, I think it's a beautiful book about the love between a young boy and an older woman, ninety-six according to Mem Fox. And, it's a thoughtful story when you consider older people or loved ones with Alzheimer's who are losing their memory.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge has something to share with most of us.

Mem Fox's website is

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. Kane/Miller Book Publishers, ©1985, ISBN 0-916291-04-9 (hardcover), unpaged.


Joy said...

My friend has used this book in the same way.

Lesa said...

Oh, that's nice to know. I wish it was a little more readily available. My mother tried to find it for a friend whose husband has Alzheimers, and couldn't. I'll have to look for a copy for her.