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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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I loved this book. It has been one that I have wanted to read for a long time. I think it should be required reading for its age group. Opal learns about letting go of the thought of her mother ever coming back, the importance of friends and how not to judge people by how they look or what they did in their past but how they act right now. Great book and I am so glad I finally read it! ( )
  KeriLynneD | Sep 20, 2016 |
Because of Winn-Dixie is a great story. The story highlights friendships gained because one girl found a dog. The story is great because it shows that positive outcomes can come from negative situations. ( )
  cccoch9041 | Sep 12, 2016 |
I love this book! It is so realistic and it's amazing how much the kids relate to the text. Currently my third grade class is reading this text aloud and they absolutely love it. There are so many life lessons in this book and students can learn so much from the text. This sweet book cherishes friendships and forgiveness; something students can connect to.
  mjmorr9390 | Sep 8, 2016 |
India Opal Buloni and her father moved to a small trailer park in Naomi, Florida over summer vacation. One day, Opal is sent to the local Winn-Dixie super market, by herself, and returns with a dog! He was a big, ugly, suffering dog with a great sense of humor. She names him, Winn-Dixie. It is because of Winn-Dixie, that the preacher(her father) tells Opal ten things about her mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Also, because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes friends within her new town. They befriend the local librarian, Miss. Franny Block, who apparently fought off a bear with a copy of "War and Peace". They also meet Gloria Dump, who is blind but has the gift of seeing with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who has a gift for calming the animals within his pet shop by singing to them. Opal also runs into two twin brothers who seem to have it out for her. Aside from them, and everyone else's opinion, Opal spends her summer making memories with her new friends and learning about their past. Most of all, because of Winn-Dixie, Opal learns the meaning of letting go and that friendship- with a little forgiveness- can come when you least expect it too.

With this book, teachers ,and even parents, can teach children the true meaning of friendship and forgiveness. Also, because it was made into a movie, it can also be used as a compare and contrast activity. Students can write a report or do some other activity that allows them to integrate their reading and writing skills. Lastly, since this book is on a higher level it can be used to introduce students to new vocabulary that will become beneficial in life. ( )
  mkb027 | Sep 8, 2016 |
Winn Dixie is an absolute favorite of mine. A lot of students are able to relate to some aspects of the story, which makes reading a lot more meaningful to them. This is a book that I really wish was read more in schools.
  SarrahNowland | Sep 8, 2016 |
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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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