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The Old Woman Who Named Things (edition 2000)

by Cynthia Rylant, Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)

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Title:The Old Woman Who Named Things
Authors:Cynthia Rylant
Other authors:Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (2000), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Pets, Loyalty, Friends, Friendship, Harcourt

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The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant

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There once was a old woman that out lived all her friends so she began to name the things around her she wouldn't out live. Until one day a puppy befriended her he came to see her everyday but she never named him until one day he didn't come to visit her. She was worried so she called the dog catcher and found him there she took him home and named him.
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  TimberlyG | Mar 9, 2014 |
The illustrator done a great job presenting the pictures for this text. The author has written a great story about an old woman who has outlived all her special friends. She begins to name all the items in her house because they cannot die. A little puppy shows up at her home but she refuses to name it for fear it might die. She feeds it daily but does not want to get emotionally attached for fear that it might leave her too. ( )
  mozella1970 | Dec 8, 2013 |
An old woman has outlived her special friends. Alone and lonely, she does not want to invest emotions in anything that will once again be lost to her through death.

She names the objects in her house because they will be there after she is gone. With a house named Franklin, a bed named Roxanne and a chair with the name of Fred, she whittles away the day looking out of the window and visiting the post office hoping for mail other than bills.

When a puppy visits her gate, he looks thin and hungry and while she happily feeds him, she directs him to go home!

Each day the puppy arrives hungry, she feeds him and sends him on his way. Becoming attached to the little puppy, she believes that as long as she doesn't name him, her emotions can remain guarded.

When the puppy becomes a young dog and still visits, she enjoys him. One day he doesn't come and thus she cannot send him home.

Fearful that something happened to him, and knowing he doesn't have a collar or a name, she drives her car (named Betsy) throughout the neighborhood searching for the lonely brown dog.

Choosing love and risking that she will have pain if the dog dies before she does, she calls the dog catcher. When she arrives at the pound and is asked the name of her dog, she calls for "lucky."

Realizing that indeed she is very lucky in life to have loved and been loved by so many, she remembered the smiling faces of those who passed before her, looked in the face of lucky and felt hope.

This is a poignant tale of loss, fear and fortitude.

Rylant is one of my favorite Newbery award winning authors and she never disappoints in her beautiful writing style, packed with emotion, but never melodramatic!

1 vote Whisper1 | Jul 1, 2013 |
A lonely old woman, having outlived all of her friends, and being reluctant to allow new ones into her life, for fear that she might lose them as well, takes to naming her inanimate possessions in this sweet picture-book about taking a chance on love and companionship. When a shy brown puppy pokes his head into her yard, she feeds him and sends him on his way. After all, Franklin (her house) doesn't need any dog hair, Roxanne (her bed) isn't wide enough for a canine companion, Fred (her chair) doesn't permit puppies to sit upon him, and Betsy (her car) makes animals sick. Despite her discouragement, the puppy comes back every day, eventually growing into a dog. And then one day, he doesn't show up...

A heartwarming tale of loneliness and fear, and how they are conquered by love, The Old Woman Who Named Things has a most satisfactory conclusion: something that is never really in much doubt (at least in my mind, anyway), but that is still very enjoyable to see. The watercolor artwork by Kathryn Brown is immensely appealing, with a quirky sensibility (I love the old lady's hairdo!) that amuses, and some moments of real pathos (the sweet little puppy!). All in all, an engaging book, one I recommend to young animal lovers, to children who long for a pet, or to children who are afraid of opening up and making friends. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 13, 2013 |
I can't remember who recommended this, but thank you! It's such a wonderful story (and beautifully illustrated too).
  buriedinprint | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152021027, Paperback)

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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