The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Kathryn Brown
Publisher: Voyager Books Harcourt, Inc.
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.
Cynthia Rylant crafts beautiful stories that certainly make you think. I think this picture book would be more appropriate with older students who have a better understanding of age, death, and loneliness. These are difficult topics for young elementary students to try to understand.