Author: Mem Fox
Plot Summary: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge 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 hears his parents talking about Miss Nancy and how she has lost her memory. Wilfred asks his parents, “What's a memory?” His parents replied, “It is something you remember.” But Wilfred wants to know more, so he asks 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 has lost. Wilfred gathers items that relate to what the people at the home have told him about memories and gives them to Ms. Nancy.
Posted In: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Mind

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?