Because of Winn-Dixie
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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. :)


Someone called Kate DiCamillo's writing enchanting. I think enchanting fits perfectly.
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
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...more
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
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...more
Cait D
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...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.
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Devlin Scott
Such a wonderfully, charming story about a little girl, a town lost in its sadness, and a dog named Winn-Dixie who managed to remind them all how to love each other. It also leaves an odd taste in your heart...a hint of root beer and strawberries and something else...melancholy...but, in a good way.

This book was awesome! Its about a little girl who really has nothing to do on a regular basis. And she meets a dog and names it Winn Dixie.. I dont want to give to much away. Read this book if your into animals because this dog will crack you uP!
I'd forgotten how sweet this one was. I think the group I'm going to be reading it with will really enjoy it.
"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."

―Gloria, Because of Winn-Dixie, P. 159

"Instant classic". How many books can legitimately lay claim to that coveted title, one of the best and truest signs that you've really done something right as an author, that you've created a story and characters with such universal appeal that reading your book almost immediately becomes a rite of passage for millions of li...more
(NS) Lisa
India Opal Buloni, they call her Opal, is a ten year old girl who moves to Namoi, Florida with her father who is a preacher at the local church. She has been abandoned by her mother and longs for the day to see her again. To help with the pain of her mother's absence, her father tells her ten things about her mother, so she has some knowledge of her mother's past if she were to ever return. Opal has difficulties making friends until she meets Winn-Dixie at the local grocery store. The only probl...more
Nov 04, 2008 Xiaojuanwu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who lowns/loves animals
Recommended to Xiaojuanwu by: friend
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Opal is lonely a girl. All she has is her father, preacher. Opal had never seen her mother and she always wishes how her mother look like. A summer, she and her father moved to Florida. Once she goes to a grocery store, she rescues a big, ugly, and skin dog, who is fooling around the market. She rescues it because she doesn't want people take him away. She is surprised that dag can smile and she names him Winn-Dixie. Soon as Opal had Winn-Dixie, she talks to him even though it doesn't know what...more
Since my background in reading is not that big, I was a little scared to see what type of book was going to be given to me. However, my teacher called Tim recommended me this book and just by looking at its cover, I knew it was the book for me!

This tender and warm story is about Opal, a 10 year old girl who was abandoned by her mother. She is trying to get over the sadness and emptiness left by her mother and to find herself in the world. She lives with her Father who is a peacher and they just...more
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Kate DiCamillo spent most of her childhood in the South, and moved to Minnesota when she was in her twenties. She was inspired to write Because of Winn-Dixie, her first novel, during a bout of homesickness one brutally cold winter. The book was an immediate success: it is a Newbery Honor Book, has won more than twenty-five state awards, and has been made into a popular family film. Kate DiCamillo’...more
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