Friday, October 06, 2017

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 1984/1985. Kane/Miller. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

 First sentence: There was once a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and what's more he wasn't very old either. His house was next door to an old people's home and he knew all the people who lived there.

Premise/plot: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge has many friends; but his most special friend has four names just like him: Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. When he hears that she is losing her memory--or has "lost" her memory, Wilfrid sets out in search of it. But first, he has to know exactly what a memory is. So, being young and curious, he asks. Equipped with descriptions of exactly what memory is, he sets out on a quest. Will the items he collects be just what Miss Nancy needs?

My thoughts: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one. I loved the descriptions of memories:
  • "Something warm, my child, something warm."
  • "Something from long ago, me lad, something from long ago."
  • "Something that makes you cry, my boy, something that makes you cry."
  • "Something that makes you laugh, my darling, something that makes you laugh."
  • "Something as precious as gold, young man, something as precious as gold."
I love the celebration of friendship as well. This picture book is just a gem.


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