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The Old Woman Who Named Things (1996)

by Cynthia Rylant

Other authors: Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)

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This is is a very good example of a realistic fiction book because the story can be made up and also can be real. The old lady who likes to name things are afraid of outliving other living things, so she doesn't give names to living creatures. However, when a cute dog who comes to visit her every day disappears, the lady regrets that she did not give the dog a name. Luckily, she eventually finds the dog and gives it a name. This book illustrates the importance of manes. Also, it tells us that we should not close our hearts because we are afraid of being hurt. The story has a warm ending and is thought-provoking.
Teachers can use this book to teach pupils to cherish their own and others' names, to care about things around them and to open their mind to accept and to love. ( )
  lolatong | Jan 27, 2018 |
This is a realistic fiction because the story is based on an old woman and a dog, which can be happened in reality.
A old woman whose friends have all gone names long-lasting things as her friends, such as furniture. Then a street dog come and become her friend, named lucky.
Everyone will die. When we grow up, we will have the time loneliness but, we should never stop trying and making friends.
It is a good book for the upper elementary. ( )
  Zhaoying | Jan 25, 2018 |
How does an old woman who has outlived all her friends keep from being lonely? By naming the things in her life she knows she will never outlive--like her house, Franklin, and her bed, Roxanne. When a shy brown puppy appears at her front gate, the old woman won’t name it, because it might not outlive her. Tender watercolors capture the charm of this heartwarming story of an old woman who doesn’t know she’s lonely until she meets a plucky puppy who needs a name--and someone to love.
  Sara1211 | Nov 23, 2016 |
This is a beautifully poignant story about an old woman who has outlived all her friends and so to avoid the pain of loss but still feel that she is surrounded by friends she has named all her inanimate belongings. Then one day a small brown puppy enters her life and she begins to realise that the happiness and companionship of friendship is worth the possible emotional pain of loss. Review by Fiona
  Scopuslrc | Mar 23, 2016 |
21 months - really enjoyed this book and had to read it many times. What a lucky dog! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
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How does an old woman who has outlived all her friends keep from being lonely? By naming the things in her life she knows she will never outlive--like her house, Franklin, and her bed, Roxanne. When a shy brown puppy appears at her front gate, the old woman won’t name it, because it might not outlive her. Tender watercolors capture the charm of this heartwarming story of an old woman who doesn’t know she’s lonely until she meets a plucky puppy who needs a name--and someone to love.

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An old woman who has outlived all her friends is reluctant to become too attached to the stray dog that visits her each day.

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