In Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, Wilfrid lives next to an old people’s home, and he knows everyone who lives there.
He overhears his parents discussing his favorite person, Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. They say she’s lost her memory. Wilfrid doesn’t know what a memory is, so he asks all his friends at the old people’s home.
Everyone gives him different answers, and Wilfrid goes on a quest to help Miss Nancy find her memory.
As an adult reading this book, I felt sad at this point, because how on earth is Wilfrid going to handle the fact that Miss Nancy’s memory won’t come back?
But I was wrong. Memories do come back, and she shares them with Wilfrid.
I love this sweet story about a boy who is concerned about his friend. I love the fact that he talks so seriously with all the people in the old people’s home – and that he’s not afraid of them.
Adults and children alike will enjoy this picture book, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Recommended for ages 2 and up.