The Old Woman Who Named Things

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 aHow 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 Rylant and Brown together create with affection and lovingly humorous touches a glimpse of old age lived with relish Booklist
The Old Woman Who Named Things 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 sh

  • Title: The Old Woman Who Named Things
  • Author: Cynthia Rylant Kathryn Brown
  • ISBN: 9780152578091
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Old Woman Who Named Things”

    1. Gosh darn it! Cynthia Rylant's work always makes me reach for a tissue. Only this time, she's made me want to reach for one of my grandma's handkerchiefs—the sweet old-fashioned ones of gentle fabric scattered with flowers and lace that got handed down to me--and give it a big hug. 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 very [...]

    2. At first I didn't think I was going to like this book. The illustrations don't do much for me; the moral is on the obvious side; it's about old age, which I don't care for (as a literary theme; actual old people I'm fine with). However, the shy brown puppy was so touching I couldn't hold out against it. And it isn't really about old age, it is about the fear of loss and hurt and how it cripples our lives. Even with the happy ending the lost year of puppyhood that the old lady and dog could have [...]

    3. A C.S. Lewis quotation that I’ve heard repeated often is: ‘A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.’ Some people have the misconception that children’s literature is always silly or humourous and never serious. But because children’s literature is often more light-hearted and deals with issues more concretely, sometimes a children’s book can present a serious concept very clearly and simply. Rylant accomplishes this in a [...]

    4. The illustrations are outstanding, many beautiful enough to be paintings on a wall.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 sen [...]

    5. As an animal lover, I completely understood this story and it was so heart warming. An old woman has outlived all of her friends and is hesitant to let other people in her life for fear of losing them too. She begins naming inanimate objects around her house, like her bed. She does not realize how lonely she really is until a dog continues to come to her house everyday. The dog helps feel the void in the old woman's life. This book could help with the topic of losing loved ones or even how anima [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. I would give this book two and a half stars. 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 lit [...]

    8. The unlikely protagonist of this quirky and tenderhearted story is a little old lady with cat glasses and a beehive who might have stepped out of the far side. Lonely, she names inanimate objects, her car is Betsy, her bed is Roxanne. A stray dog wanders into her life but she refuses to name it; after losing many friends "she named only those things she knew she could never outlive." When the dog disappears, however, she realizes that finding him - and subsequently naming him - is worth the risk [...]

    9. An old woman who has out lived all her friends has determined to only name things she is sure to not out live, such as her house, car, favorite chair and bed (she won't even name her garden gate since she's sure it isn't long for the world). So when a friendly, but shy puppy starts to visit her, she feeds it, but refuses to keep it or name it. After almost a year, the puppy (dog now) doesn't appear, and the old woman must make a choice. So though this has a happy ending, it just seemed like a we [...]

    10. I absolutely adore this book! This book was about an old woman who named things around her house that she knew she would outlive. One day, a cute little brown dog comes up her gate to beg for food. She realizes over time that she struggles with keeping the dog out of fear of outliving it. 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 [...]

    11. The old woman's friends have all died and she is lonely. She personalizes all her belonging and gives them names. When a puppy begins coming to here house everyday she doesn't give him a name for fear of getting attached and losing him. One day he doesn't come and she goes looking for him.Themes -- loneliness, death, new friends

    12. I really liked this book. When I first picked it up, I was worried that it was going to be sad. Thankfully it wasn't. The illustrations are terrific and I'm really looking forward to sharing this book with my fifth grade students. I'm anxious to know what they think of it and what messages they'll take away from it.

    13. What a sad--but terrific--concept for a book: elderly woman begins to name things because all of her friends have passed away and she misses being able to call someone by name. Sweet. Plus, she has the best cowboy boots ever. Love Cynthia Rylant.

    14. Cute little book that we have read over and over again. The names the old woman comes up with are funny.3/4/15Love the friendship that develops in this bookb 5/27/16

    15. The Old Woman Who Named Things is an adorable story that I think would be great for many children and even better for children around 8-10 years old. The book is cute and is about exactly what the title states. This woman names everything that she knows will out live her. for example, her car's name is Betsy. During this book however, the old woman finds a puppy and she's worried that she will out live it so she doesn't want to name it. Eventually, the old woman decides to name the dog and the b [...]

    16. I love Cynthia Rylant. She strikes just the right chord with her stories, whether through picture or chapter books. "The Old Woman Who Named Things" is the cautionary tale of, you guessed it, an old lady who has outlived all her friends, and so now only gives names to inanimate objects who will survive her (not that rickey fence, for instance). When she meets a sweet puppy, though, she has to reevalute her ways. Is it better to live with no attchments? Lovely illustrations bring this gentle stor [...]

    17. This book was about an old woman who had lost everyone important in her life. She was sad that she would learn a new name just to outlive them. She only gave objects a name that would not outlive her (couches, cars, etc.). Then, a small brown puppy started coming around asking for food everyday for a month. When the puppy stopped coming around a year later, she went looking for it at the shelter. She eventually adopted it and gave it a name because she knew she would keep it.

    18. The Old Woman Who Named Things is a very, very creative book that I would recommend to anyone. This old lady names things such as chairs, beds, cars, etc. She outlives her family and doesn't want to get attached to anyone else because she does't want to go through the hardship of losing them because she knows she will outlive them. This book is very creative and would be great for younger elementary aged kids.

    19. Somebody's cutting onions in here.At first, I was a little shocked at the frankness with which Rylant says the woman had outlived all her friends. But as the story went on, I remembered that kids can handle more than we generally think they can - and it's a nice, gentle way of beginning to think about all the things you might outlive someday, whether it's a plant or a pet or a person.

    20. A tender story about fear of loss and being hurt. The old woman has lost so many so she holds out against loving the puppy so she's not hurt again. She realizes hurt is inevitable and we see a happy ending.

    21. This is a great book showing that animals can be friends too. Shows that an animal can mean a lot to somebody. It is a great book to show children about animals.

    22. A beautiful, touching story about loneliness, friendship and risking your heart. Illustrations are lovely.

    23. This is a cute and touching story about an old woman who named inanimate objects so that she would not feel lonely. I like the idea behind it because it can be relatable.

    24. I really really did like this book. An old lady loved to name her things. She only named the things that she couldn't outlive, because all of her friends had died and she didn't want to become a lonely old lady. She named her car Betsy and her old bed Roxanne. One day as she was outside, a puppy appeared. She gave him food but then told him to go away. She couldn't name the puppy because she knew that she could outlive the puppy. Each day the puppy came back, and each day the old lady told him t [...]

    25. A heartwarming and tender story about an old woman who has outlived all her friends. She names things to keep from being lonely and can only name things she knows she can outlive-like her house, car, bed. Then one day, a cute brown puppy appears at her gate. The old woman likes the dog, but she cannot risk him staying because she would then need to name it and she cannot risk that. So she tells it to go home. The puppy keeps coming every day for almost a year until one day he doesn't show up. Th [...]

    26. The story has an unusual premise among picture books (or any book sitting in the juvenile fiction section). However, this isn’t one of those books to help you or your child understand how life can be for the elderly among us. You could use it that way, but the book truly is for anyone who has experienced lonely and outliving some one or thing you find precious to your own existence. Good friends moving away, or pets, or relatives…any one you have to go on living without and must find some ne [...]

    27. This book should be first read with a child as the concept is a deep one if they are to truly understand what is really going on. The old woman only names things that she knew she could never outlive. The fear of attachment seems to be something she avoids as she gets older and things didn't last and people pasted away. She has attached names to her car, her house, her bed and her chair as these four items are the only things she believes will outlive her, so she takes great pleasure in naming t [...]

    28. Beloved children’s book author Cynthia Rylant brings to life a tender, heartwarming story about a little old lady who is coping with the difficulties of growing old. The gentle watercolor illustrations perfectly complement this endearing tale that young and old alike are sure to fall in love with.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, [...]

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