Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home. The little boy goes there often to visit with the old residents there, and his favorite person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy because she has four names just like him; Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. He’s heard that Miss Nancy lost her memory. Wilfrid isn’t exactly sure what a memory is, but he doesn’t see any reason not to help her find it. He asks around in order to find out just what a memory is and in doing so, puts together a few of his own. When he tells Miss Nancy about his memories, he unwittingly helps her to rediscover hers.
Mem Fox is no stranger to the world of children’s books, having authored many memorable titles, and puts together a heartwarming story with the help of Julie Vivas’s brilliant watercolor artwork. Cheerful colors swim together, especially in the rainbow mixture that is Miss Nancy’s dress. The pastels and background images are reminiscent of days gone by and the details, such as the weaving on Miss Nancy’s chair, are delightful. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is an enjoyable book for children to read and gives insight into a small part of the world of the elderly and a child’s joy in being their friend. The contrast between Wilfrid’s boundless energy and his friends’ slower, more precise actions. Written for ages 4-8, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge can give children their own trip down memory lane to experience again fun times with family or friends.