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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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
Tags:Animals, Dogs, Family, Friendship

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


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This book would be great for students to read as a class as it can teach children about real-life situations such as family problems. With the help of comprehension strategies such as literature circles children can be able to discuss the book with their classmates. This is an opportunity where they can talk about parts of the book they found interesting and maybe bring up parts in their life related to the plot of the story.
  ChloeFukuda | Nov 28, 2016 |
Genre: Newberry
Summary: Opal Buloni is a ten year old girl. Her mom left when she was three, and her dad is a pastor. Opal is lonely, and very much takes care of her and her father. One summer she goes to get groceries. Only to find her soon to be beloved dog Winn-Dixie. She names him right then and there in the supermarket. This dog pulls the girl out of her shell and helps her make friends in this small southern town. As well as nudge her towards questioning about her mother.
Personal Reaction: This book shown that beautiful things come to an ungaurded person. When Opal's dad lets down his wall at the end of the book her and him develop a better relationship. Opal is left ungaurded by Winn-Dixie, then she is more open and meets new people. This book shows the tentativeness of making friends, and the lonliness of a girl without a mother.
Classroom Lesson: I would put students in pairs. Then they would have to ask the other person questions about themselves and write down the answers. After that they would present eachother's facts in front of the class. ( )
  cosmodad16 | Nov 27, 2016 |
A story of a young girl who has been abandoned by her mother at age three and she and her preacher dad have moved to a small town in Florida where she feels alone and experiences the abandonment more acutely. She finds a stray dog at the grocery story and that is the beginning of healing for her and others as well. As one of the characters tells Opal, you have to enjoy what you have while you have it. A good story for young people. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 17, 2016 |
I absolutely love this book. It expresses a great relationship between a girl and a dog. It expresses different types of emotions and shows the value of friendship. ( )
  farrarsmith | Nov 15, 2016 |
The story emphasizes forgiveness and friendship. It is easy to read and will warm your heart. ( )
  ceb651 | Nov 10, 2016 |
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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.
“…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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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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