This is a sweet, moving story about a friendship between a young boy and an old woman suffering from memory loss who lives in the nursing home nearby. It explores the meaning of memory and highlights the simple innocence of childhood and the lengths that a true friend will go to help the person they care about.
Title: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Julie Vivas
Publication Year: 1984
Age Group: Kindergarten
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Comments: I want to raise kids who are thoughtful and compassionate. The main character in this story is young boy who has some atypical friendships with a community of elder people in a nursing home nearby. This story helps children to develop empathy for everyone, including old people who society often neglects or minimizes.
When one of the old ladies in the nursing home loses her memory, the boy explores the meaning of memory by asking other people in the nursing home. He then collects a variety of items to help his dear friend get back her memory. This story is both touching and beautiful. I highly recommend if raising empathetic kiddos is a priority for you as well.
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