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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane Miller; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091629126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916291266
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 23.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The offbeat style of this wonderful story--and of Julie Vivas's perfectly matched illustrations--couldn't be summed up better than by the oddness of the first sentence: "There was once a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and what's more he wasn't very old either." Wilfrid lives next to a retirement home, filled with folks like "Mrs. Jordan who played the organ" and "Mr. Hosking who told him scary stories." But his favorite old person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that Wilfrid doesn't even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it. Mem Fox's original take on the capacity of children to help the old remember is especially notable for its non-patronizing focus on old people. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A poignant, winning story from Australia of a young boy who relates to several elderly people with unique personalities in a nursing home near his house. With its distinctive illustrations and positive message, this book will be a valuable addition to any Spanish picture-book collection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13 2003
Format: Paperback
Title: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Author: Mem Fox
Favorite Characters: Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Hosking, Mr. Tippett, Miss. Mitchell, and Mr. Drysdale
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was a curious little boy who loved the old people that lived right next to him, especially Miss. Nancy. In the story, Gordon finds out that Miss. Nancy has lost her memory. There is a slight problem, though, he doesn't know what a memory is! He asks everyone what a memory is and everyone gives him a different answer.
After everyone's different answers, Gordon goes out to look for Miss. Nancy's memory. Gordon ends up bring a box with a football, a puppet, a medal, a shell, and a warm egg to Miss. Nancy. What does this all have to do with her memory? Find out by reading the book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird on June 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mem Fox fans are a livid crew. If you've ever met one then I think you might know what I mean. When you meet a Mem Fox fan, it is more than likely that you may find yourself grabbed bodily as your arms start to fill with Mem Fox book after Mem Fox book. Mem Fox fans love her work and are quick to recommend everything she's done in a thrice. If you should feel like giving in and reading her works, then let me recommend that you begin with the delightful, "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge". A touching tale of a boy and his elderly friend, the book explores the nature of memory itself in a way that children can understand.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next to an old folks home and (as the book is quick to point out), "he wasn't very old either". Just a scrappy young boy, Wilfrid likes all the old people in the home, but his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has just as many names as he does. One day Wilfrid hears his parents tsk tsking over the fact that Miss Nancy has lost her memory. Wilfrid asks what a memory is and his pop explains that it's something you remember. This definition doesn't sit well with young Wilfrid, however, and he runs over to the neighbors to get a little more clarification. What he finds instead, however, are mixed messages. I mean, Mrs. Jordon says a memory is something warm, while Mr. Hosking says it's from long ago. Mr. Tippett says it's something that makes you cry while Miss Mitchell claims it's what makes you laugh. And to top it all off Mr. Drysdale says it's as precious as gold, period. Using his head, Wilfrid decides to put things from his own memories into a box to give to Miss Nancy.
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By Julianne on March 7 2002
Format: Paperback
No matter how many times I read "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" by Julie Vivas, this book never fails to touch something deep inside my heart. It's about a little boy who lives next to a retirement home and his friendship with the people who live there. We get to see these elderly people in a little boy's eyes. And the thoughtful illustrations by Mem Fox show us quite clearly. (I love the illustrations) The touching and simple relationship between Wilfred Gordon and Miss Nancy is poignant to the core. Wilfred Gordon's desire to revive Miss Nancy's lost memory is sweet and absolutely delightful. It's a great story to share with children about memories and Alzheimer's disease. The world seems a much friendlier place through a child's eyes. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a fantastic book for all ages!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and thoughtful book that takes you on a journey into the sweet relationship between a young boy and his elderly neighbors. Wilfrid Gordon learns that his favorite elderly neighbor, a frail old women who has an equally long name, has lost her memory. The story tells how Wilfrid first learns about memory and why it is so important and then goes on to show how this seemingly naive boy is able to understand someone much older and help her through her problem while learning in the process invaluable lessons of caring, sharing, empathy and friendship. The author uses the metaphor of memory loss to explain how events in our lives shape who we are and how we feel.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a beautiful story with a wonderful ending, but not if you are trying to teach kids about what it means to have Alzheimer's Disease. I see this book mentioned quite a bit when exploring children's books on this disease. In the story, the boy successfully finds the woman's memory and she returns to her old self. This might send the wrong message to a child trying to understand why their grandparent doesn't remember them; they might think they can return his or her memory. I love this book, and would recommend it to anyone, but I would not recommend it as a teaching tool for kids on Alzheimer's Disease.
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By A Customer on March 4 2000
Format: Hardcover
A child's simplicity in understanding an issue that complicates the lives of so many. This is truly a treasure of a story that will appeal to both young and old. As the daughter of an aging parent with a growing memory problem, Mem Fox's story deeply moved me to buy a copy for each of my family members. What a wonderful gift and I am so thankful that a young co-worker shared this book with me. Anyone who has an aging parent or works with our elderly will benefit from this story.
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