The other thing I didn’t remember was Linda Sargent mentioning this book; Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas. I’m very fortunate, because Linda sent me a copy of this picture book about forgetfulness, so I could enjoy it. It’s my first book by Mem Fox, who I clearly recall being held and questioned when she went to America for a book event last year.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a small boy, whose best friend is an elderly lady in the old people’s home next door, Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. When he learns she has lost her memory, he sets out to find it for her.
You know how it is; every person you ask – in this case, what’s a memory? – will have a different answer. So he looks for something warm, something old, something sad, something to make you laugh, something precious.
And once faced with all the things the boy has gathered for her, Miss Nancy does remember. Wilfrid’s little gifts unlock old memories, and it seems Miss Nancy’s lost memory might have been – a little – found.