Tips to share: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
This is another great story by Mem Fox and follows the relationship between Wilfrid and the occupants of the retirement home next door. It’s a beautiful tale that touches on memory loss and dementia from a child’s perspective.
Books like this one can be really useful when you want to explore complex topics with small children. If you have other topics you’d like to explore, your local librarian is a good person to ask for help.
In the book, Wilfred looks for memories. Why not collect some of your own or encourage the important people in your child’s life to share some of theirs?
Children benefit from stories ‘told by mouth’ just as much as ones that come from books. Encourage grandparents and other family members to share stories and photos with your child from when they were little.
Young children love looking and talking about photos of people they know. A home-made photo book, filled with pictures of family and friends is an easy and simple keepsake you can create that will encourage your little one to talk about the people they know and the memories they have.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. A plain exercise book, some printed photos and a glue stick is all you need. Check out our earlier post on photo books for ideas.