Reviewed by Melanie A. on June 26, 2012
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant is a gentle touching story of a kind old woman who has outlived all of her friends. To keep from being lonely she names things in her life that she knows she will never outlive. Like her house, Franklin, her bed, Roxanne and Bud, the new ceramic pig in her garden. One day a shy brown puppy appears at her gate and the old woman knows if she is too friendly the stray puppy will want to stay and she will have to name it. Not wanting to risk outliving another friend, the old woman tells the puppy to go away. However, the puppy has another idea.