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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140505865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140505863
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,357 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 strangeness 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 favourite 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-patronising focus on old people. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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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 and a half million. And in the USA Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge have each sold over a million copies. Mem has written over thirty picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults. Her most recent book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was on the New York Times bestseller lists for 16 weeks in 2008/2009.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2001
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Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge ( age not very old) lives next door to old people's home. His visits enable him to share in the likelable quirks of the residents and he develops a particular fondness for Miss Nancy who is a tad dotty and has lost her memory. Therein ensues Wilfred's search for the meaning of memory. Asking the other residents, Wilfred is provided with an array of answers that illustrate the diversity and richness of human life and what is important to people. Owing to his tender years, Wilfred searches out concrete examples of the qualities people have described, warmth, humour, preciousness which he eagerly presents to Miss Nancy to replace her lost memory and low and behold, the objects young Wilfred has collected prompt Miss Nancy to remember things from her own childhood. A story about not giving up, sharing and how the simple things in life can sometimes make all the difference
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rolin_uk" on 13 Nov. 2002
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This is the most delightful and touching book to read to children and for adults. Mem Fox has used her brilliant command of language to draw the reader into an intimate relationship between the very young and the very old. Wilfred Gordon's innocent understanding of the world touches deep into the recesses of an old woman's mind and brings joy and understanding to them both. Julie Vivas' illustrations reflect and amplify the humour and poignancy of the text. A true masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rev. D. H. Vonberg on 8 Mar. 2011
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The story of Wilfrid Gordon who learns what a memory is as he seeks to help a woman he loves to talk to, and who hears that she has lost her memory. The illustrations make this a delightful and heartwarming story. I have read the story to adult patients in a Hospice for whom memories are supremely important. They were still talking about it a week later!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs jp thomas on 22 Feb. 2013
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This book was read to us by our tutor on a dementia leadership course I attended recently and I thought I would buy it to read to my own team of sheltered housing scheme managers- really makes you think even though a children's book- it has a great message for life in general and certainly for those living with dementia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daddy B on 9 May 2011
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Bought this to read to my kids - so good I will get a copy to use at school as well. An excellent book to promote thinking skills in younger children.
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This is a lovely way of helping a youngster to understand memory loss. It is sensitively written and beautifully illustrated. Thoroughly recommended reading at a time when people of all ages should be seeking awareness of conditions that affect the memory, and how the whole of society can assist people who are affected to live well in their communities. To begin with a book such as this one is marvellous, because the perception is integrated into everyday life..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By contrarymary on 8 Jan. 2013
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This is a marvellous little book, with something for children and adults to enjoy together, so I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Jo on 21 Jan. 2013
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Lovey book great to keep and perhaps use in school at some point. A great story of the young helping mature people.
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