This book is beautiful. It’s so rich in meaning, it is heart warming, and sweet. Every adult I know that has read this book has enjoyed it. So who hates it? Believe it or not.. my class. It just doesn’t seem to appeal to them.. even when I read it and use sensory objects to enhance the story. They tolerate it, but it doesn’t bring the same joy to them as other stories by the same authors do. Perhaps it is because the illustrations are not as vibrant as others – not great for my kids with vision impairment.. or perhaps it is because as an adult we are more aware of the aging process. We can relate on a deeper level to the complexities of health, the elderly, and the human life cycle.
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home in which several of his good friends reside. Of course, his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, because she has four names just as he does. The only problem is Miss Nancy, who is 96, has “lost” her memory. Undaunted, Wilfred sets out to “find” Miss Nancy’s memory for her. Full-color illustrations.