The Old Woman Who Named Things
The Old Woman in the story names things... because she has outlived all her friends and she is afraid to befriend anything that won't outlive her. She has named her car, her bed, her chair, her house--they are all ver...more
The story’s message of opening up to love another despite the potential for hurt and loss is a good one. Though it has a happy ending, the whole story is permeated by a kind of melancholy. It’s also mildly amusing because all the objects that are given names by this old woman.
It’s the kind of book that generally makes me tear up, but I think this one was a tad too sad for that reaction, if that makes any sense. I...more
As always, Cynthia Rylant has written a touching story of friendship and the hope of renewal, allowing us to see the world of loneliness and the warmth of a new friend's presence through the eyes of an old woman who has seen all of her contemporary friends pass away while she still lives. The old woman (who remains nameless in the pages of this book) is reluctant to make a new friend that might also pass away before she does, but the presence of a li...more
Will she keep it or will she tell it TO GO BACK HOME?!?!?!
Read on to find out, you won't be disappointed.
The theme of this book was ACCEPTANCE and the lesson learned was appreciate the little things in life be...more
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Kathryn Brown
Date of Publication: 1996
This story is about an old woman who has outlived all of her friends. She has decided to name things that she knows she will not outlive, as cannot take saying goodbye again. One day a small brown puppy comes to her door and she struggles with the idea of keeping him out of the fear of outliving him, so she feeds him and instructs him to go home. She continues to d...more
Once there was an old woman who outlived every single one of her friends. To keep from feeling lonely, she names the things around her that she knows she could never outlive- like her bed “Roxanne,” her...more
This story is about a lonely woman who has no friends. Her friends were her things. Then one day a stray puppy came by her house. She told it to shoo. But she gave the puppy food and the puppy left. This happened for a while. The woman never named it because she knew some day it would it would die. Her things wouldn't. Then one day the puppy didn't come by. She didn't know what to do. So she went to the pound. "What's its name?" Asked a man. The lady was trapped. She never had named the dog. So...more
this book is very heartfelt and i thought very moving. the old woman only named thing...more