University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Title and Author: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Field of Philosophy: Epistemology; Metaphysics;

Plot Summary: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partrige is a boy who lives next to an old people's home. Wilfred's favorite person in the home is Ms. Nancy Alison Delancourt Cooper because she has four names like Wilfred. One day Wilfred heard his parents talking about Miss Nancy and how she had lost her memory. Wilfred asked his parents, “What's a memory?” His parents replied, “It is something you remember.” But Wilfred wanted to know more, so he asked each of the people in the home, except for Ms. Nancy, and then he decides to look for memories for Ms. Nancy to replace the ones she had lost. Wilfred gathers items that related to what the people at the old folks home had told him about memories and gives them to Ms. Nancy.

Some discussion questions:

What is a memory?
What is is like to remember something?
Do you feel a certain way when you remember something? Why? What is it about the memory that makes you feel that way?
What is your earliest memory?
How would you feel if you lost your memory? (Amnesia) Why? Would that change the person you are? If so, how?
Do you remember your dreams? Why or why not?
Why is it that each thing that Wilfred brought to Ms. Nancy restored a part of her memory? What was it about each thing that restored Ms. Nancy's memory? How can objects outside of us change what is inside us?