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Because of Winn-Dixie (edition 2001)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Title:Because of Winn-Dixie
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Info:Candlewick (2001), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Chapter Books, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, 3rd-4th Grade Readers
Rating:*****
Tags:Animals, Dogs, Family, Friendship

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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In this story there is a father and daughter who live alone. The mother had died, and one day the daughter finds a dog at the market. She brings the dog home to the father at first he was reluctant. Then he saw how much she loved it, and they decided to keep it. The dog helped the little girl become happier. ( )
  Paige.2010 | May 3, 2017 |
This is an award-winning book to which many young readers will relate. The reader will grow alongside Opal as she relates is exposed to and learns to deal with many sensitive, real-world topics. This story tackles serious issues from love and hate to loss and recovery. This book speaks to those who are feeling lonely and need the courage to make new friends in new environments. It also speaks to those who have lost a loved one, and those who have found a special pet or friend to support them through difficult situations. Finally, this book reflects society and does not give easy answers for serious problems. Instead, it highlights the importance of leaning on family and friends to help grapple with the seriousness of life.
  scoomber | May 2, 2017 |
This fiction book is about a girl named Opal Buloni who has just moved to a small town with her father. She's feeling lonely in her new location and disconnected from her father, until she adopts a stray dog she names Winn-Dixie. With the help of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to make new friends. She begins to learn about her mother, who abandoned the family when Opal was just three years old. As a result of her friendships and improved relationship with her father, Opal comes to accept the sorrow that comes with life, and finds acceptance and joy in her new community. This book has notable features such as descriptive language and foreshadowing. I would use this book to introduce the topic of foreshadowing. ( )
  lhoanzl | May 1, 2017 |
This is a cute and entertaining book about a 10-year-old girl who finds a stray dog out on a walk one day. Finding this dog makes her transition to her new home easier and allows her to break out of her shell and make new friends along the way. This would be a great book to teach kids how one small thing can make a big difference. ( )
  A_Whitney | Apr 28, 2017 |
This book was very cute and entertaining. I could relate to the main character because it made me miss my dog back home. I loved the story and all of the wonderful friendships Opal made because of her new dog friend, Winn-Dixie. ( )
  maddiesullivan223 | Apr 28, 2017 |
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for Tracey and Beck because they listened first
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My Name is India Opal Buloni, last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.
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“…But in the meantime, you got to remember, you can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”
“What truth?” I asked her.

“Why, that war is hell,” Miss Franny said with her eyes still closed. “Pure hell.”

Hell is a cuss word,” said Amanda. I stole a look at her. Her face was pinched up even more than usual.

War,” said Miss Franny with her eyes still closed, “should be a cuss word, too.”
I didn’t go to sleep right away. I lay there and thought how life was like a Littmus Lozenge, how the sweet and the sad were all mixed up together and how hard it was to separate them out. It was confusing.
“There ain’t no way you can hold on to something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.”
Thinking about her was the same as the hole you keep on feeling with your tongue after you lose a tooth.
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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillio is mostly about friendship and compassion. Opal is close to being a preteen girl living with her father. She takes in this uncared for dog who changes her life forever. She meets unusaul people who become her best friends in life.She is soon to find that one little thunder storm will change her outlook on life.-Autumn Taylor
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763616052, Paperback)

Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier.

With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. This warm and winning book hosts an unforgettable cast of characters, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace, an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood "witch," a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart. Part Frankie (The Member of the Wedding), part Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Opal brings her own unique and wonderful voice to a story of friendship, loneliness, and acceptance. Opal's down-home charm and dead-on honesty will earn her friends and fans far beyond the confines of Naomi, Florida. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

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Candlewick Press

6 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 0763607762, 0763625582, 0763625574, 0763644323, 0763651850, 0763650072

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