‘Where’s My Memory?’ is a book aimed at primary school children. It tells the tale of Bernard the Elephant who returns to the place of his birth to lie down for the final time. In their search for water, his family are reluctantly forced to leave him behind. The text works on a number of levels and promotes the culture of community amongst children; giving for the sake of giving, helping because help is needed. The underlying message behind the text is that ‘A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.’ It shows children that the smallest gesture on their part may mean the world to somebody else. Within the story, Bernard is helped by another species of animal. He cannot repay her, as she quickly moves on, but the lesson he learns from her kindness is one that he takes with him to his family and ultimately helps him save the life of another.
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