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Because of Winn-Dixie [Kindle Edition]

Kate DiCamillo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)

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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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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because of Winn-Dixie Nov. 5 2011
By KayKat
Format:Paperback
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.The story may not be long but,all the same you will surely want to read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winn-Dixie Oct. 27 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book in less than 30 mins because it was very interesting and I didn't want to put it down!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY??? Aug. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Because of Winn Dixie was required summer reading for my son going into Fourth grade. I was curious about the book so I also read it. WHY??? I don't know why of all the wonderful books out there this one was chosen. The story is centered around a little girl who is having trouble understanding why her mother left her. She moves to a new town and it talks of the people she meets. A girl who's brother drowned recently, a prisoner, etc. I found the whole thing rather depressing. And the way it is written runs on and on like my four year old daughter who talks just to hear herself talk. The only thing that actually happened in the book was the dog disappered... but was quickly found. It very much lacked any action or excitement. Also a note to parents there are a couple of curse words in the story... which seemed unnecessary.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHY??? Aug. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Because of Winn Dixie was required summer reading for my son going into Fourth grade. I was curious about the book so I also read it. WHY??? I don't know why of all the wonderful books out there this one was chosen. The story is centered around a little girl who is having trouble understanding why her mother left her. She moves to a new town and it talks of the people she meets. A girl who's brother drowned recently, a prisoner, etc. I found the whole thing rather depressing. And the way it is written runs on and on like my four year old daughter who talks just to hear herself talk. The only thing that actually happened in the book was the dog disappered... but was quickly found. It very much lacked any action or excitement. Also a note to parents there are a couple of curse words in the story... which seemed unnecessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet... Oct. 26 2006
By Stitch
Format:Paperback
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. Short, but sweet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ok July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and uplifting! July 1 2004
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Almost Shed A Tear June 29 2004
Format:Paperback
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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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 4 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 27 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Because of Winn-Dixie
This book is about a dog that's name is Winn-Dixie and he got into a grocery store by accident. Then Opal came into the store and she took the dog home to ask her father if she... Read more
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review for Because of Winn Dixie
Because of Winn Dixie is about a girl that finds a dog at a store. The dog helps her make a party, find friends, get a job, and she gets to go to a birthday party. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
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Because of Winn-Dixie is a good book because I like dogs and I liked the character India Opal,because she is really smart and brave. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
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