The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
At first sad, then beautifully life-affirming, this picture book tells the story of an old woman who has outlived all her loved ones. Now afraid to love again because she can’t bear any more loss, she names her bed and her couch and her car and talks to them and tries to be happy alone. Then a stray dog appears at her door. She puts out food for him, but won’t take him in. When he stops showing up at her door, she gets worried about him and goes to the local shelter where she finds him and claims him as her own. She names him Lucky because she has been so lucky in her life to have had so many friends and loved ones. This book always brings me to tears. It is so lovely to see the opening of the woman’s heart to love again.