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Because of Winn-Dixie [Kindle Edition]

Kate DiCamillo
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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

From Publishers Weekly

DiCamillo's debut novel, a 2001 Newbery Honor Book, percolates with heartfelt emotion and eccentric Southern color as superbly performed by Tony Award-winning actress Jones. Ten-year-old Opal, lonely in the Florida town where she has just moved with her preacher father, instantly takes a shine to a scraggly stray dog she encounters in the local Winn-Dixie supermarket. The pooch, named for their meeting place, becomes a trusted companion with whom Opal can share her thoughts and fears, and her hurt, confused feelings about the mother who left the family when Opal was three. Winn-Dixie is soon helping Opal in other ways, too. The dog's "smile" and sweet temperament act as ice breakers that allow Opal to meet a whole new group of friends who grow to be an unusual extended family. Jones imbues her depiction of Opal with a tone of youthful, hopeful wonder and skillfully transforms her voice to distinguish the other older, life-weathered characters. A Tennessee native, she never sounds hokey as she adopts a Southern accent, and she effortlessly slips into a compelling storytelling rhythm. This is a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale. Ages 8-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and uplifting! July 1 2004
I first heard of "Because of Winn-Dixie" several years ago, when Kate DiCamillo was interviewed on NPR soon after its release. Having lived in FL for many years and being well aware of the Winn-Dixie supermarkets, I suppose the idea of the story and its name intrigued me. I purchased the book some time ago, but as with many other book collectors, I set it aside and didn't get around to reading it till just recently. Although it's written for children, I must say it has appeal for all ages! I was deeply moved by the sweet story, and especially Opal, who someone else expressed my thoughts exactly when they likened her to Scout, from "To Kill a Mockingbird"(my all-time favorite story). She obviously is wise far beyond her years in the way she brings together the diverse personalities and ages of the people she meets in her new home, a small FL town called Naomi. Opal unconditionally loves her funny, quirky mongrel of a dog, and we certainly can't help but love him as well! We should all be so lucky as to someday meet such a gentle spirit as Opal and her Winn-Dixie. My highest recommendations for this touching and very uplifting little gem!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ok July 19 2004
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I recommend this book to anyone 13 or older because it's a really good book about friendship. For example, when the pet employ asked her if Winn-Dixie was her pet, Opal said, "He's not a pet he's my best friend." Also I recommend it to any one who loves dogs because Winn-Dixie is in many parts of the story. For example, when Winn-Dixie is in the store making a mess, the manager said that he was going to call the pound. Opal said to the manger," Wait that's my dog. Don't call the pound." She said to protect the dog from going to the pound. In conclusion, if you like a book about friendship and animals, this is the book to read.
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I think it's half and half because of these two reasons: I think it's a bad book because they didn't put what happened to someone that Opal(main character)loved and missed very much.I think it's a good book because it has alot to do with feelings about Opal and how she solved them with cool solutions. The # 1 reason why I like this story is because I love when they put the main character a girl, because I'm a girl. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Almost Shed A Tear June 29 2004
Opal has just relocated, with her father, Preacher, to Florida. One day, while in the local Winn-Dixie, she finds a big, ugly dog. She names the dog Winn-Dixie. When she gets home, her father is disappointed, but reluctantly agrees to let Opal keep the unusual dog. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make new friends in Florida, and it's Because of Winn-Dixie that she finds happiness in her new town.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meghan's book review June 4 2004
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In the book Because of Winn-Dixie written by Kate DiCamillo, a ten-year-old girl named India opal Buloni, went to the store to buy macaroni and cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes, but came back with a stray dog.
India Opal (Opal for short) moved from a city called Watly Florida to another city in Florida, Naomi.Opal moved to Naomi so her dad could be the preacher at the Open arms Baptist church of Naomi. Naomi was a small town in the Southern part of Florida.It was a small town but there was a lot of noise. In Naomi Opal made new friend quickly. Even a dog she found, and named Winn-Dixie. Out of tons of houses available Opal and her dad, moved into a trailer park. The trailer park was for adults only but since Opal was the preacher's daughter she got to stay with her dad. They named the Trailer Park the Friendly Corners Trailer Park. In the book Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo had five important characters in addition to India Opal. They were Winn-Dixie, Gloria Dump, Amanda Wilkinson, Sweetie Pie Thomas and Otis. Opal found a dog in the Winn-Dixie grocery store, claimed the dog, and named it Winn-Dixie. But when Opal brought Winn-Dixie home she still had to get the "Okay" from her dad to keep him. Along with Winn-Dixie another character Is Gloria Dump. Gloria lived in a house that two boys (Dunlap and Stevie Dewberry) thought was a witch's house and also thought she was a witch. But when Opal met her right away she knew Gloria wasn't a witch. Another character is Otis. Otis works at a pet shop, Gertrude Pets. He likes to play his guitar, but Otis was put in jail for hitting the police with his guitar. There also is Sweetie Pie Thomas who loves pink. Sweetie Pie wants a dog because she really likes Winn-Dixie. Another character in the book is Amanda Wilkinson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brandon's book review June 4 2004
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Can you imagine your mom running away? Well in the book Because of Winn-Dixie that is just
what happens. The main character's mother leaves her and her father.
Opal and her father, the preacher, moved to Southern Florida so the preacher could be the new
preacher at Open Arms Baptist Church of Naomi. Opal has lived in Florida all of her life. Opal
and the preacher moved from the northern part of Florida to the southern part of Florida. The city they
live in now is called Naomi. Opal and her father live at Friendly Corners Trailer Park. Opal didn't have
any friends when she first moved to the park until she met Winn-Dixie. She continues to meet a lot
more people as time goes on.
In the book Because of Winn-Dixie written by Kate DiCamillo, Kate had five important
characters in addition to the main character, India Opal Buloni. One of the characters is Winn-Dixie; a
scrawny knotted hair dog. Winn-Dixie is afraid of thunder and lightening but he loves Opal and peanut
butter. Otis is another character in the book. He is the manager of Gertrudes Pet Shop. At first Otis
seemed very scary to Opal because he was arrested. Otis hired Opal to sweep the floors of Gertrudes Pet
Shop to pay off the leash and collar that she purchased for her dog Winn-Dixie. Besides Otis, Gloria
Dump is a third character that Kate includes in her book. Gloria Dump had a tree with a whole bunch of
bottles hanging in it. The bottles represented every mistake she ever made. Gloria always listened to all
of Opal's stories. In addition to Gloria Dump, the fourth character that was chosen to be in the book was
the Preacher. The Preacher, Opal's father, was a very good preacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me feel amazing because it brings family and friends tighter
Every page of because of Winn-Dixie made me have a tear drop come out of my eye and splash on the floor. It makes me feel amazing because it brings family and friends tighter.
Published 1 month ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young readers
Love this author for children's stories! She is able to capture their attention, their heart and take them on a journey where they can learn about love and loss.
Published 2 months ago by Cindy Beverly
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your traditional children's tale
Great story about loss and how things in life don't always turn out the way we may want to. However, I would warn parents that they should expect some serious questions from their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by book worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Winn-Dixie
I read this book in less than 30 mins because it was very interesting and I didn't want to put it down!!!
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Hafiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Because of Winn-Dixie
The story was very touching, about a bond between girl and a dog.There are many strange characters such as Gloria Dump,Otis and Miss.Franny. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2011 by KayKat
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet...
My friend bought this book form the last book order, and I borrowed it awhile ago. It teaches that no matter how old you are, you can still be friends, no matter what you are. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2006 by Stitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Finding a dog. Caring for it. Oh I love dogs and I love this book!
Published on June 3 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witty Story of Finding the Most Unexpected Friends
I am an elementary teacher and I ordered this book, just to have an idea of what my students may be reading. I could not put it down. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars I re-lived the magic once again!
I read this book twice, now but it still never goes old. I read it again for summer reading and I actually read the whole book in a day, and forgot how much I loved this story! Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
This book is the perfect book for a slow summer afternoon. Meet Opal, a ten year old whose mom ran away when she was 4. She lives with her dad, who is a reverand at a church. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
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