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Because of Winn-Dixie (edition 2000)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Title:Because of Winn-Dixie
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Info:Scholastic (2000), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 185 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:pets, friendship

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Because of Winn-Dixie is about a girl who feels alone, when she finds a dog in a grocery store and she bring him home. Her dad doesn't want se of the her to get the dog but she ends up keeping him anyways and she calls him Winn Dixie, the two become friends and meet many new people in their town. In the end she realizes she can be friends with anyone and be happy too. I think this is a good book because of the lesson it has with it. This book would be contemporary fiction because its believiable and set in the real world. An extension for this book could be that Winn-Dixie finds another dog friend. This book could also be used in classrooms to show book can be fake but also could of actually happened.
  lexiedelg | Mar 26, 2017 |
I really liked this book because it was interesting and fun. There are a lot of children that can relate to this book as while. India Opal Buloni lives in a trailer with dad who is a preacher. One day he sends her to the store to buy macaroni and cheese and tomatoes. When she gets to the store the people in the store are chasing a dog. After a while she tells the manager that the dog is hers. The manager asked her what the dog’s name and she tells him it is Winn Dixie. He then tells the little girl that dogs are not allowed in the Winn Dixie store. So, Opal takes the dog home with her. Once she gets home she talks to the preacher about helping those that are less fortunate. After that she tells him that she found a Less Fortunate and wants him to stay with them. When the preacher finds out it a dog he tells her no you can’t keep the dog. Then Opal lets Winn Dixie into the trailer and he puts his head on the preachers lap and wins him over. Winn Dixie helps Opal learn to make friends and become part of the community. Teacher can have students create a lost dog poster. They can also make a diorama of their favorite scene in the book.
  Jennifer_McLeod | Mar 26, 2017 |
Summary- This book is about a girl that takes home a stray dog from the Winn Dixie store. Her father allows her to keep him. Winn-Dixie becomes the little girl to keep the dog. They become close friends and she faces the challenges in her life that make her unhappy. She learns to become friends with new people. Also, learns how to be nonjudgmental of different characters throughout the book.

Age- 2nd grade- 4th grade

Critique of Genere- Contemporary Realistic Fiction. This is a story that never happened but it could have happened.

Media- Cover-colored pencils, chapter book, no pictures in the body of the book. ( )
  Lhayden4 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Summary: This is a story about a young girl and her dog, Winn-Dixie. The dog becomes her best friend and follows her throughout the story where she learns a lot about life such as not judging others (because you never know what they've gone through), as well making many friends along the way and coming to the realization that her mama will probably never come back. This is a great story about friendship and life lessons.

Critique of Genre: Realism because it's a story that could happen to anyone. The little girl is 10 years old, lives in Florida with her dad who is a pastor and has a dog named Winn-Dixie. The dog is portrayed as a real dog (doesn't talk).

Age: Primary to Intermediate (probably 3rd grade or higher)

Media: No media (Novel, not a picture book)
  aschoenberg12 | Mar 21, 2017 |
Summary: This book is about a charismatic girl who just uprooted and moved to a new town with her dad, the preacher. She accidentally adopts a dog, Winn-Dixie, when she finds him causing trouble at the local grocery. She spends the summer making new friends, developing relationships and learning life lessons about strength and family and friends.
Criteria: Critique for Genre- Contemporary Realistic Fiction- Winn-Dixie was an almost human presence in the book, smiling and acting as if he had thought processes like a person. It is a common story of a girl misplaced in her world by her mama leaving her and having wonders and doubts about herself. It can be related to by children and adults alike in it's age of wonder and chaos and sadness.
Age: Intermediate 4th-7th grade
Media: Chapter book, no pictures. ( )
  hwestin | Mar 21, 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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