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Because of Winn-Dixie

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One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her absentee mother, and Opal makes lots of unusual friends in her quirky Florida town. And because of Winn-Dixie, Opal grows to learn that friendship -- and forgiveness -- can sneak up on yo ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 30, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers and children of all ages
Opal Buloni goes to the Winn-Dixie store, and comes home with a big scraggly dog she claimed on impulse. Because of this dog, now named Winn-Dixie, she meets her new neighbors in the Florida town she now lives in. Nothing bad happens to the dog. Let me repeat: Nothing bad happens to the dog.
This book is carefully balanced with dark and light. It could so easily have been one of those syrupy, sweet stories with charmingly eccentric townspeople spouting folk wisdom, and the dog bringing everyone t
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Paula
Oct 22, 2008 Paula rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Matt
Recommended to Paula by: Lauren
My friend Lauren read this to her elementary school kids last year -one day she read it to them aloud for an hour and a half! This is especially remarkable considering the usual behavior of her students (which is NOT sitting still, listening, and engaging in meaningful ways).

The story is well told in the ten-year old main character's voice. I'm sure this makes it attractive and understandable to young readers (or listeners). And easy for them to relate to.

The book does a good job of opening up
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Becky
This is the first book my 8-year-old son was reading and said to me, "This book is really good, Mommy. I think you would like it. You should read it."

So. I'm reading it. :)

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Someone called Kate DiCamillo's writing enchanting. I think enchanting fits perfectly.
Kyle
The talented author of this book is, Kate Dicamillo and the genre of this great book is Adventure.

Ople is the main character of this adventurious story. She is a lonley girl now, she wasnt before she had too move to this dreded town. Now she is veary alone and when she gose to the grocery store she will fine a veary hyper friend.

when Ople arrives at the grocery store she is finding all the employies are freaking out and chasing after someone or something. Ople is getting veary curious and she lo
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Ensiform
India Opal Buloni (DiCamillo has a fondness for zany names), a preacher’s daughter newly arrived in town, has trouble dealing with the empty space left by her mother, who left the family seven years previously. One day she adopts a stray dog she finds making trouble in a Winn-Dixie. Having an overly attached, inquisitive dog puts India in new situations which lead her to meet some interesting townsfolk, like the good-natured old librarian with plenty of stories, a woman rumored to be a witch (an ...more
Laura
Before GR, I used to think children's books were just for children. How off base was that? This is a lovely story that will make you laugh and cry. There are universal themes of love, friendship and family, and the love of a pet. I really think author Kate DiCamillo is special, as I've loved three of her books, all written for children. It takes a special gift to be able to appeal equally to kids and adults, and she has it.

Don't pass this one by because it's a kid's book. You'd be missing out.
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Amanda
Because of Winn-Dixie is about a girl who has moved to a new town during the summer. It's hard to make friends when you move, and its even harder when you move when school's out. But when she adopts a stray dog, who she christens Winn-Dixie, she finds it a little easier to reach out to people. She begins to make friends with many people and realizes that other people in the town have their own sadness and need friends too.

This is a very sweet book, but it is also very simple. There are a lot of
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Brian Phillips
This is a GREAT book! I think that it would be best used in a classroom that goes all the way up to high school. It has a moral that is great for young kids to read and maybe even learn about themselves as well as others after reading it. When kids see how hard it was for Opal moving and not having any friends and being so lonely that see befriends a stray dog I think that after reading this book it will help kids maybe look at other people in their lives and maybe see someone who is not as popu ...more
Melissa
Before reading Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie, I had heard many positive things about the book, and not just from adults. This alone is the mark of a book that has made a significant contribution to American literature for children, when children themselves recommend it! Through the guidance of a very loveable dog, India Opal Buloni learns many lessons about people: not to judge them by appearance, how to love and care for them, how to befriend them, and how to draw them together. DiCami ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Didn’t realize this was a Juvenile book when I got the audio from the library for a challenge on “Southern Belles” -- but I’m glad I listened to tale of a motherless preacher’s daughter who adopts a big mangy dog. Loved this short story and Cherry Jones' narration is wonderful. She is so good, I may even listen to it again!

Update: I did lisen to it twice - it was that good.
Cait Grace
Aw, that was just so DAAAAANG adorable. I just want to hold this book and talk with an American TWAAAAANG. (You totally need to read this with a Southern accent, got it? Which is hilarious, really, considering I'm an Aussie and my "southern accent" probably sounds like a frog getting murdered. But whatever.) I absolutely had to read this because I adore the movie. I'm really surprised how similiar they were. They movie basically followed the plot line-for-line. Awesome!

So the whole time I had
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Lawral
Oh, Winn-Dixie. Anyone who's ever had a really friendly dog, especially a really friendly ugly mutt, will tell you that every outlandish and wonderful thing that happens in the book is totally possible. Well, maybe not, but having a good dog is great and Winn-Dixie is just who Opal needs to kick-start her new life in a new town. The preacher is too busy with his new church to be Opal's best friend until school starts in the fall, and Opal's mother is gone and has been for a while. The preacher d ...more
Zeek
10 yr old Opal is sent to the grocery store by her father, the preacher, to pick up rice, two tomatoes and a box of mac N cheese. Instead she brings home Winn-Dixie- a big scruffy stray dog who caused trouble right in the middle of the vegetable isle of the Winn-Dixie supermarket- (hence Opal's impromptu naming of the dog.)


Because of Winn Dixie- is a perfect title for this brief book, because it's because of Winn-Dixie that so many things turn out okay for motherless Opal- from the making of fri
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Teddy
How does a dog change your life?
- Book review of Because of Winn-Dixie

Have you ever went to get groceries for your dad, but came back with a dog? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Opal Buloni in Because of Winn-Dixie.
Kate Dicamillo was inspired to write this book when she was homesick one cold winter. She spent her life in the south, but she moved to Minnesota in her twenties. She has also won over 25 awards for writing!
Because of Winn-Dixie takes place in Naomi Florida, but in a southern t
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Audra
This is just a beautiful book. If you love dogs, if you love children, and if you have any appreciation for the power of love (and dogs) in healing hearts and relationships, then this is a book for you. The writing is great and the story is captivating. This is sort of like "Fried Green Tomatoes" meets "The Sandlot" meets "Snoopy." If you don't love it, I'll eat my hat.
Andre moaney
Sep 11, 2007 Andre moaney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one
i love the book it very funny and also mind blowing it's to good to put down
Rowlak5
How special it is to stumble upon a book that, when you read it, you wonder how in the world you hadn't discovered it earlier? Because of Winn-Dixie is one of those books.

The sweet story of Opal Buloni and Winn-Dixie, the stray dog she befriends, plays out over a summer in Florida. DiCamillo tells an enchanting story from the viewpoint of a lonely little girl who discovers friendship, forgiveness, and love in the most unlikely people and places.

I highly recommend this book to children and adul
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Penny
Because of Winn-Dixie is one of Kate DiCamillo's most straight-forward stories. It is sincere with some odd-ball but very likeable characters and a dollop of whimsy. It has that southern quirky feel to it.

The main character is Opal, a 10-year-old girl who recently moved to Naomi, FL with her preacher father. She begins to make friends, learns compassion, and deepens her relationship with her father (who she thinks of as "the preacher" more than as "dad") all . . . because of Winn-Dixie (sorry, I
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David
I felt a little weird picking this one up, being 32 and all, but it was recommended for the handling of the child narrator and I have to agree. It is, very obviously, a youth book, but the child narrator is handled well. The language, logic, and perception of the narrator are all believably that of a child. I think the aspects I appreciate most is the narrator's tendency to use comparison to describe rather than adjectives and the narrator's tendency to project emotions onto others.

As a weird s
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Gina
I read this today because my daughter had to read it for a summer assignment for school. Obviously it was a quick read since it is a middle school chapter book but the story was so sweet. I just fell in love Opal, her father, and Winn Dixie. The stories her father told were just the right thing for a middle schooler to read about to discuss the topic of why a mother abandons her child. I highly recommend this book to you and your kids. Its a nice book to read together and discuss. I think it wou ...more
Anna
My currant book club book is called because of Winn Dexie. When I first read this book, I thought that this book was just about a girl and a dog and their adventure. But When I read it the second time, it seemed to me that all the character and story plot changed for a reason, and I tried my best to find it out. On the surface, Opal is just a normal girl who doesn't know how to make friends, and talk to her dad. When you think about it more, Opal is a very different and deep girl, who has a tend ...more
Hannah
I think this book is very inspiring story. The main character India Opal learns to not judge a book by its cover. She feels so lonely because her dad is preoccupied and they had just moved to a new town in Florida. So she befriended a dog, who would be friendly to any new person it encountered, therefore it gave India Opal a chance to meet new people. As she meets these new people she realizes she isn't the only one with a lonely and sad past, all the other people do it. The trailer park owner i ...more
Harun Harahap
Gw sering mengalami kesesuaian buku yang gw baca dengan keadaan gw dan sekitar saat gw membaca suatu buku. Dan itu terjadi saat gw membaca buku ini.

PRASANGKA

Prasangka Buruk terkadang membuat mata hati menjadi buta. Hingga kebenaran sudah tak diindahkan tapi bisikan setan yang diengarkan. Bersama setan, manusia sama-sama berpesta pora merayakan kebencian terhadap seseorang atau sesuatu hal. Hingga kita merasa puas namun letih karena terkuras prasangka.*eh itu setan apa memang manusia sebenarnya y
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Taylor
This book was good but not as good as it could be because I watched the movie before it! Opal the main character is going to the Win- Dixie grocery store for the preacher (her dad) when she is in the tomato section and a dog is running around with four crew members from the store following it. Win dixie stops and stares at opal, as if saying please help me! Then finally they caught him and the manager wanted him straight to the pound, opal didn't know what to do so she said "hey that is my dog" ...more
Penni Russon
This is such a lovely read-aloud book. It struck me as very American - the healing power of testimony - but I enjoyed the episodic nature and the way the book pulls all the strands together at the end. Frederique was fascinated by the dog-child symbiosis.

It was very sad in places and we all sobbed our way through chapter 24 (which made my reading very convincing). I told Frederique about the concept of catharsis at the end of the book, she was quite interested in the idea of crying being health
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Danielle
What a magnificent voice. I'm late to the party on this one, but boy is Kate DiCamillo good.

I'm often fond of a book for kids populated with quirky, unusual adults.

This book is like a Littmus Lozenge, "a piece of candy that tasted sweet and sad at the same time."


other quotes:

"You know, my eyes ain't too good at all. I can't see nothing but the general shape of things, so I got to rely on my heart." Gloria Dump

"What truth?" I asked her.
"Why that war is hell," Miss Franny said with her eyes stil
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Becky
Because of Winn Dixie is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite books. I love, love, love this one! Opal Buloni, our young heroine, has recently moved with her father, a preacher, to a small town in Florida. He is the new preacher at a small church, a church held in an old convenient store building, a church with no pews but lawn chairs. The novel, I believe, is set during the summer. Opal, when the novel opens, is still adjusting. She misses her mother tremendously. Her mother's leaving is not ...more
Alyssa Goode
Throughout this book Opal and Winn Dixie become friends and he helps her to make more friends. During the summer Opal takes in the events that happen with her friends and Winn-Dixie helps her grow up. Winn- Dixie helps Opal realize that her mom probably isn't going to come back and she needs to accept it and focus on the future. That helps Opal take the focus off of her mom and puts her focus on making new friends in her new school. I think this book was super good! I thought it was super cute ...more
Alexandra
Whenever I hear the word "melancholy" I think of Because of Winn-Dixie. My second grade teacher started reading this book to the class one day and, true to form, I couldn't wait for her chapter-a-day method and badgered my mother into buying it for me from Borders. I suppose this sounds pretty rife with nostalgia already, doesn't it?

Winn-Dixie isn't a life-changing book how he's a life-changing dog. Maybe I still have that tattered, sticky-fingerprinted copy because I had a dog named Dixie once,
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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