Old Woman Who Named Things
As she ages, an old woman comes to realize that the things around her are lasting longer than her friends. To protect herself from getting hurt by losing her friends, she shuts herself off to people. Instead, knowing that they will outlast her, she names and enjoys her time with Betsy the car, Fred the chair, Roxanne the bed and Franklin the house. She lives a content life until one day, a puppy appears outside Franklin's gate. Not wanting to take any risks, she shoos the puppy away only to find that he comes back day after day. Then one day, the puppy stops coming. After several days, she finds herself more upset by the puppy's absence. Will she look for the puppy, or will she continue to protect herself from getting attached? A charming tale with a heartwarming ending. By Cynthia Rylant. 29 softcover pages. Laura
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.