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  • Hi. I'm Brad Whitford. Welcome to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS.

  • Have you ever had something happen in your life that was so fantastic that you wanted to remember it forever?

  • Have you ever collected shells from a trip to the beach to remember a special summer day?

  • What if you couldn't remember?

  • We're going to read a book that's all about remembering memories.

  • It's titled "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" and it was written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas.

  • There once was 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.

  • He liked Mrs. Jordan who played the organ. He listened to Mr. Hosking who told him scary stories.

  • He played with Mr. Tippet who was crazy about cricket. He ran errands for Ms. Mitchell who walked with a wooden stick.

  • He admired Mr. Drysdale who had a voice like a giant,

  • but his favorite person of all was Ms. Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she had 4 names, just as he did.

  • He called her Ms. Nancy and told her all his secrets.

  • One day Wilfrid Gordon heard his mother and father talking about Ms. Nancy.

  • "Poor old thing" said his mother "Why is she a poor old thing?" asked Wilfrid Gordon.

  • "Because she's lost her memory" said his father. "It isn't surprising" said his mother "after all she is 96."

  • "What's a memory asked Wilfrid Gordon?" He was always asking questions.

  • "It is something you remember" said his father

  • but Wilfrid Gordon wanted to know more, so he called on Mrs. Jordan who played the organ.

  • "What's a memory?" he asked. "Something warm my child, something warm."

  • He called Mr. Hosking who told him scary stories.

  • "What's a memory?" he asked. "Something from long ago, me lad, something from long ago."

  • He called on Mr. Tippet who was crazy about cricket.

  • "What's a memory?" he asked. "Something that makes you cry, my boy, something that makes you cry."

  • He called on Ms. Mitchell who walked with a wooden stick.

  • "What's a memory?" he asked. "Something that makes you laugh, my darling, something that makes you laugh."

  • He called on Mr. Drysdale who had a voice like a giant.

  • "What's a memory" he said. "Something as precious as gold, young man, something as precious as gold."

  • So Wilfrid Gordon when home again to look for memories for Ms. Nancy because she had lost her own.

  • He looked for the shoebox of shells he had found long ago last summer and put them gently in a basket.

  • He found the puppet on strings which always made everyone laugh and he put that in the basket too.

  • He remembered, with sadness, the medal which his grandfather had given him and he placed it gently next to the shells.

  • Next he found his football which was precious as gold

  • and last of all on the way to Ms. Nancy's he went in to the hen house and took a fresh warm egg from under a hen.

  • Then Wilfrid Gordon called on Ms. Nancy and gave her each thing one by one.

  • "What a strange, dear child to bring all these wonderful things thought Ms. Nancy.

  • Then she started to remember.

  • she held the warm air

  • She held the warm egg and told Wilfrid Gordon about the tiny speckled blue eggs she had once found in a birds nest in her aunt's garden.

  • She put a shell to her ear and remembered going to the beach by tram long ago and how hot she had felt in her button up boots.

  • She touched the medal and talked sadly about the big brother she had loved who had gone to war and never returned.

  • She smiled at the puppet on strings and remembered the one she had shown her sister and how she had laughed with a mouth full of porridge.

  • She bounced the football to Wilfrid Gordon and remembered the day she had met him and all the secrets they had told.

  • And the two of them smiled and smiled because Ms. Nancy's memory had been found again by a small boy who wasn't very old either.

  • You know I think I'm going to remember that book for a long time.

Hi. I'm Brad Whitford. Welcome to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS.

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge read by Bradley Whitford

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