Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama
in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she
has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily
Mem Fox is Australia's most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of over three and a half million. And in the USA Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge have each sold over a million copies. Mem has written over thirty picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults. Her most recent book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was on the New York Times bestseller lists for 16 weeks in 2008/2009.
K-Gr 3ÄMem Fox's charming story (Kane-Miller, 1985) about a young boy and the older people who live next door is beautifully served in this excellent video. The book chronicles the friendship of Wilfrid Gordon and Miss Nancy. When Miss Nancy begins to lose her memory, Wilfrid Gordon seeks the advice of his other elderly friends, and finds a child's way of helping Miss Nancy reach back through the years. The story touches the heart as it teaches children to treasure the elderly. Mem Fox reads the story with expression and joy. Julie Vivas' delicate, often humorous illustrations are scanned iconographically as the story is read. Both video and audio quality are excellent. This is a video that teachers and parents will love to use when talking of grandparents, the elderly, and love.ÄTeresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA