Because of Winn-Dixie Paperback – Large Print, Mar 1 2005
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Through the love she gains from her new pet, a girl gains the courage to ask her father about the mother who abandoned them. "In this exquisitely crafted first novel [a Newbery Honor book], each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness," said PW in our Best Books of 2000 citation. Ages 8-up.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 12 months ago by Valerie
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 13 months ago by Cindy Beverly
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 morePublished 14 months ago by book worm
I read this book in less than 30 mins because it was very interesting and I didn't want to put it down!!!Published on Oct. 27 2013 by Sarah Hafiz
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 morePublished on Nov. 5 2011 by KayKat
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 morePublished on Oct. 26 2006 by Stitch
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 morePublished on June 26 2004 by Shannon
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