Because of Winn-Dixie [Kate DiCamillo] on ronaldweinland.info *FREE* shipping on Explore our editors' picks for the best kids' books of the month. See which new. Because of Winn-Dixie is a children's novel written by Kate DiCamillo, which was published in , and was the winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year. In , the book won the Josette Frank Award, and in won the Mark. Kate DiCamillo's fi rst published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately proved to be a keeper — a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the.
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A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal Newbery Honor book. Because of Winn-Dixie book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling debut novel is now . This poignant novel is one of the best around. Read Common Sense Media's Because of Winn-Dixie review, age rating, and parents guide.
The power that love has in helping deal with loss and coping with real life. I myself have a great love of animals and believe in their healing power. It was a really nice book to read with my daughter and we had many discussions as we read. The story pulled us both in. The writing is great and the story is captivating. A wonderful novel that I would recommend for all ages. View all 16 comments.
Apr 23, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: A wonderful dog who brings people together. What's not to like? Oct 30, Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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: 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 Opal Buloni goes to the Winn-Dixie store, and comes home with a big scraggly dog she claimed on impulse. It could so easily have been one of those syrupy, sweet stories with charmingly eccentric townspeople spouting folk wisdom, and the dog bringing everyone together at an ice cream social.
But it's not. The town is only a bit twee. Opal's mother left her and her minister father. Gloria, one of the townspeople Opal meets, used to be a drunk. Still, a magical synergy of some kind brings everyone together as friends. I love this book. View all 13 comments. Apr 14, Phrynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: A children's book I read for a Challenge and what a treat it was! Beautifully written, delightful characters, a bittersweet story. No wonder it won awards.
The Winn-Dixie of the title is big sook of a stray dog who comes into 10 year old Opal's life at a time when she needs a friend. Her mother is gone, her father works too hard, they have just arrived in a new town and she has no one.
Winn-Dixie however is great at making friends and over the course of the book Opal's life turns around. Of course A children's book I read for a Challenge and what a treat it was! Of course there are lessons to be learned in acceptance of life and of other people.
DiCamillo shows not tells in exactly the right way. This book is a little gem and I am very glad I came across it.
Discovering such treasures unexpectedly is the reason I find challenges rewarding: View all 7 comments. Apr 28, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's not difficult to see why this beautiful book has won numerous awards. After reading a few friends' reviews for this book I simply knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I did.
This is a heartwarming tale of a young girl named Opal who lives with her father. Growing up without her mother has not been easy for Opal and she's been feeling a sense of loneliness through her childhood.
But that's all about to change the day she comes across a dog who appears just as lost and lonely as Opal does. O It's not difficult to see why this beautiful book has won numerous awards. Opal names the dog Winn-Dixie and quickly the pair become inseparable. A beautifully written story of friendship, love and loss. A fabulous children's book to be read and savoured for all ages. Highly recommended. View all 6 comments. Winn-Dixie is a supermarket chain located throughout southeastern US.
India Opal, a girl of ten or so, goes into one of the stores to download a few things, and comes out with a mangy, smelly large dog. He got inside the store somehow and created havoc, knocking over produce stands, and had all the store people chasing him.
Kate DiCamillo is an award winning author. View all 12 comments. Apr 25, Paula rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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 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!
The book does a good job of opening up the topic of feeling sad due to difficult life experiences, while at the same time modeling how life can be bearable despite sad events, and not just bearable but good!
I enjoyed the story and appreciated the meaningful concepts told in simple terms. And Lauren- I'm wondering if it was while reading this that you put your prejudices aside and began to warm up to Sadie? A favorite part: Opal's friend Gloria Dump says to her "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. Why don't you go on and tell me everything about yourself, so as I can see you with my heart. View all 3 comments.
Jan 13, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. I'm reading it. Someone called Kate DiCamillo's writing enchanting. I think enchanting fits perfectly. View 2 comments. Apr 22, Banny Kirsten Marie Reviews rated it it was amazing. Because of Winn Dixie was a story about eever lasting friendship but not with a person and a person but with a little girl and her dog.
Its not easy living withouta mother now is it? Imagine yourself without your mother in your life Okay now imagine being raised by a preacher We have the picture of a motherless preachers daughter and that is what are main character Indian Opel is Or we can call her Opal for short.
Opal was in the grocery store downloading groceries for the preacher whenever Because of Winn Dixie was a story about eever lasting friendship but not with a person and a person but with a little girl and her dog. Opal was in the grocery store downloading groceries for the preacher whenever people started yelling Opal takes her new companian home to show the preacher and at first he did not want a dog. Winn Dixie was not takeing no for an answer because he jumped up on the preacher and started being as cute as possible.
Of course the preacher had to of givden in because Winn Dixie stayed that night and then many more nights. Together these two friends made lots more together they befriended Gloria Dump who was an old widow women who people called a witch.
They befriended Ms. Franny the librarian who loved to tell fantastic storie, Ottis who was a criminal but now worked at a pet store and gave Opal a job, Sweetie Pie Thomas who always wished that she had a dog just like Winn Dixie, and other people as well. Opal talked Gloria Dump into haveing a party and she invited all of her friends Did i forget to mention that Winn Dixie was afraid of thunderstorms? That part is very important Anyways a big thunderstorm hits and the party is moved inside They had sanwiches, and pickles But wait no Winn Dixie!
Opal was under the impression that Winn Dixie had runaway whenever he got frightened from the thunderstorm. The preacher and Opal search high and low for hours but no Winn Dixie! Quiting time came and it was time to get back to Glorias and guess who was there Winn Dixie! Oal was so relieved that she had found her best friend. Everyone goes home and all is well. Because of Winn Dixie is a great story for all ages Its sad and its heartwarming!
Its a laugh and cry book! Kate DiCamillo did an amazing job plotting this out then useing her marvelous brain to write this Its not trashy Its not violent Its not raceist Its just sweet Because of Winn Dixie is an automatic five star rateing! View all 9 comments. Aug 06, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Lisa Vegan, Hilary and anyone else who loves a heartwarming read with animals in a key role.
Second read in In my opinion, this is a modern classic.
A heartwarming read about a pre-teen girl in a small town in Florida, living with her dad. She is growing up without a mom and has recently moved to a new town and feels a little lost.
This is a powerful read about family, community, love, friendship, loss, and a wonderful dog who ties it all together. It will make you laugh and cry.
Please give this book a try. I promise it will touch your heart. The audio and book, six stars each. Ye Second read in Yes it was written for middle grade readers but there are some wonderful books in this category and it shouldn't be discounted. I really need to read every single one of Kate DiCamillo's books because I've loved every one I've tried. First read in 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. I listened to this the whole way through; never read the paper book at all.
I can highly recommend the audio performance as well. Just what I was looking for: Thank you, Ms. View all 10 comments. Jan 23, Kandice rated it it was amazing. I have never had any interest in reading this book or seeing the movie.
I am so happy they did!
I think I imagined sap, sap, more sap and side of sap. This was NOT sappy! The story reminded me quite a bit of Billie Letts writing. People in the world are weird, quirky, unique and wonderful. The more people I have never had any interest in reading this book or seeing the movie.
The more people we meet and the less we prejudge them the happier we will be. It seems such a fundamental idea as I type, but so many people resist that notion.
Opal and Winn Dixie, her sweet, lovable, rescued dog are the perfect examples of open hearts and open minds. Opal is new in town, no friends to speak of other than the new-found Winn Dixie and so looking for some companionship. The story of her making that important foundation of friendship in a new place could be a lesson to all of us. This is a short novel but it contains a lot of reflection on grief, pain and friendship. It reminded me in some ways of To Kill a Mockingbird.
In both cases, a father is left to take care of his child ren without the help of a mother. And in both cases, a young girl, observant but not omniscient, grapples with problems and mysteries much bigger than she is, and gradually works her way toward a solution. The dog, Winn-Dixie, who is bigger than life and twice as goofy, is not so much the main cha This is a short novel but it contains a lot of reflection on grief, pain and friendship.
The dog, Winn-Dixie, who is bigger than life and twice as goofy, is not so much the main character as the catalyst which brings out the best in most of the other characters. There is in this little book a sweetness mixed with sadness, not unlike the quasi-magical candies which provoke a similar evaluation in almost everyone who samples them.
Jul 16, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a pretty good story about a young girl named Opal who adopts a dog named Winn-Dixie who changes her life and the lives of others.
If you like these types of stories, be sure to check this out at your local library and wherever books are sold. Jan 18, Henry Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kate DiCamillo has a way with words. Yes, she does. I must admit that I'm in love with her writing style, and that I have read all of her works. Some of her books are really funny, like the Marcy Watson series hey, even a serious reader has to laugh sometime , but the majority of her novel-length works are way too serious to be written off as children's literature.
Yes, the are, undoubtedly, children's themes. But not childish themes. My review had ruffled up some feathers, but the purists often have their heads so deep down their rectums that they refuse to look outside of the narrow boxes they shut themselves in. With Winn-Dixie, I'm not going to go as far as labeling the book with any particular label, except literature.
And good literature it is.
This short book could be read in an afternoon. But trust me when I say it is better served over the span of a few days, to let the words and themes settle in. There is a subtle charm to the worlds she creates, a certain nostalgia for the South I never lived in.
It's slower paced, it's simpler, it's poor. Her characters are often troubled, and the protagonists in Winn-Dixie are no exception. The child lives with a single father, a preacher. The mother is gone, the community is strange, and the trailer park where they live does not scream "home" at all. The characters in Winn-Dixie do not get saved, they do not heal, but they find peace of sorts, much like in her other writings.
There are no inexplicable miracles, just humans united in their suffering of the human condition. The human condition which we can universally appreciate, and which DiCamillo paints so beautifully across the pages. Everyone has a ghost in the closet, and when we let other people see them, we find, if not peace, at least a momentary reprieve from the suffering.
Her books end with hope, yet without a complete closure, which would require a complete suspension of disbelief on the reader's part. DiCamillo does one thing I really appreciate - introducing more complex vocabulary to young readers.
In an era where adult books are using more and more simple language, it is a treat to read an author who does not oversimplify for the sake of the audience. So, when you are looking for a light serious read in case of DiCamillo it is not an oxymoron to share with a younger reader, or to read by yourself it's good for the spirit to be a child again , give this book a try. You might surprise yourself.
View all 4 comments. Oct 17, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book captured childhood so beautifully. Loved all the characters and the sweet message of friendship. I have read several of Kate DiCamillo's books and have loved every single one; but I'd have to say this one is my favorite!
View 1 comment. This book will charm you to your toenails whether or not your daddy is a preacher, you live in a small Southern town, or your dog sneezes when he smiles and is named for a supermarket chain.
The dog loves her back and her minister father too.
Before you know it, Opal is going all over town, making friends, finding part-time work, even cu This book will charm you to your toenails whether or not your daddy is a preacher, you live in a small Southern town, or your dog sneezes when he smiles and is named for a supermarket chain.
Before you know it, Opal is going all over town, making friends, finding part-time work, even cultivating an unsung genius. What didn't I like about this book? That it ended. By the time shooting started, they considered her a "safe" area.
At The film's mouse was played by a rat. The choice was made carefully because while a mouse would have been preferable, rats are much easier to train. Director Wayne Wang wanted to use Picardy Shepherds because he thought they looked similar to the depiction of Winn-Dixie on the book cover and would appear familiar to its readers.
Dogs were brought from France when none were available in the U. The film, like the book, is set in Naomi, Florida, even though it was filmed in Louisiana. Consequently, the police car and uniform emblems depict the state of Florida rather than the state of Louisiana. The bunny that Ottis hands Opal at around 56 mins is a Netherlands Dwarf. They only get to be between 6 and 8 inches long. The last name of Opal and her dad, Buloni mentioned in the dialog at In the scene from This was Jeff Daniels and Harland Williams' second movie together; both had previously appeared in Dumb and Dumber The rat used for the beginning of the church scene is male, it then switches to being a female rat, and back again between shots.
During the scene where the animals get loose, the same event is used twice. When Opal picks up the black and white rabbit to place in its pen, it is shown once as a close up of her [at This can be clearly seen in the full frame version, but not in the wide screen version at Of course, it could be argued that the rabbit got out again and needed to be put into the pen a second time.
In the scene where Opal brings Winn-Dixie into the church, when she gets up from her seat to get Winn-Dixie, there is a Bible and a purse on the chair beside her.
After she returns from getting Winn-Dixie, there is somebody sitting in the seat beside her holding the Bible while the purse is on the floor between the two chairs. Opal's hair length varies throughout the movie, from a short blunt cut, to a longer, and uneven cut, and then back to short.
When it starts raining, at the start of the garden party, all of the lights strung around start to flicker and go out. Except when you see everyone standing at the house, the lights to the right can be seen still on. Opal's hair changes from straight and flat to styled and blow-dried during the baseball game and party set-up scenes. The "mouse" Winn Dixie catches during the church service is a rat. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
The site's consensus was: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Because of Winn-Dixie Theatrical release poster. Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 21, CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30,