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Annie and the Old One
Author Miska Miles
Illustrator Peter Parnall
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's Literature , Fiction
Published 1971

Annie and the Old One is an American children's fictional book, written by Miska Miles. It was first published in 1971, illustrated by Peter Parnall. In 1972 the book received the Newbery Medal Honor Book award. The novel uses Native American culture to explore themes of family death, dealing with grief, and the family relationships.


A young Native American girl, Annie, is willing to do anything to stop her mother from finishing a rug after hearing from her grandmother that she will die when the rug is finished. Annie misbehaves in school to make her parents come speak to the teacher, but the teacher does not call for her mother. Then, Annie let the sheep escape, so her mother and father would spend the morning chasing after the sheep. Her last attempt to distract her mother from finishing the rug is pulling out the strands of yarn, one by one .


  • Annie --A young girl who is willing to stop her mother from finishing the rug.
  • GrandMother-- Annie's grandmother, who is soon about to pass away.
  • Mother--Annie's mother
  • Father--Annie's father

Teaching and themes

The novel focuses on dealing with death, the grief that comes with family death, and family relationships. Teaching resources recommend using the book to teach elementary children how to deal with grief and managing feelings.

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