Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper has lost her memory, and so her young friend helps her find it. First, though, he must learn what memory is. And so in Mem Fox’s charming picture book, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, the boy asks his next-door neighbors, residents in a senior citizens’ home, for advice.
Here’s is what they tell him: Memory is something warm, something from long ago, something that makes you laugh, something as precious as gold.
Paging through the story the other day, I noticed that put in a list, the definitions read like a poem, and as with any piece of writing that intrigues me, it made me want to give it a try:
something that shimmers
something that splashes
Wilfrid Gordon searches for objects that he thinks fall under each category and brings them to Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper in hopes that she’ll find her memory. I won’t give away the ending, but several things are found.
Most important, old memories are shared and new memories are made.
This week, choose form two poetry prompts:
1) Add to the poem-list with your own definition — what is a memory?
2) Take one of the categories and write a poem about a specific memory.
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I have been a fan of Callie Feyen’s writing for quite some time but I finished this book in almost one sitting. If you have ever been in 8th grade, fallen in love, had a best friend, or loved reading, you will love this book. As the mother of an 8th grader, my other genuine hope is that my son will one day have a teacher as gifted as Callie.