Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo
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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect. She is lonely at first--that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756908980
Publisher: Perfection Learning Prebound
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo writes for children and adults and is a recipient of the 1998 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is her first novel.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog. This is what happened: I walked into the produce section of the Winn-Dixie grocery store to pick out my two tomatoes and I almost bumped right into the store manager. He was standing there all red-faced, screaming and waving his arms around.

"Who let a dog in here?" he kept on shouting. "Who let a dirty dog in here?"

At first, I didn’t see a dog. There were just a lot of vegetables rolling around on the floor, tomatoes and onions and green peppers. And there was what seemed like a whole army of Winn-Dixie employees running around waving their arms just the same way the store manager was waving his.

And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the tomatoes and onions and green peppers.

The manager screamed, "Somebody grab that dog!"

The dog went running over to the manager, wagging his tail and smiling. He stood up on his hind legs. You could tell that all he wanted to do was get face to face with the manager and thank him for the good time he was having in the produce department, but somehow he ended up knocking the manager over. And the manager must have been having a bad day, because lying there on the floor, right in front of everybody, he started to cry. The dog leaned over him, real concerned, and licked his face.

"Please," said the manager. "Somebody call the pound."

"Wait a minute!" I hollered. "That’s my dog. Don’t call the pound."

All the Winn-Dixie employees turned around and looked at me, and I knew I had done something big. And maybe stupid, too. But I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t let that dog go to the pound.

"Here, boy," I said.

The dog stopped licking the manager’s face and put his ears up in the air and looked at me, like he was trying to remember where he knew me from.

"Here, boy," I said again. And then I figured that the dog was probably just like everybody else in the world, that he would want to get called by a name, only I didn’t know what his name was, so I just said the first thing that came into my head. I said, "Here, Winn-Dixie."

And that dog came trotting over to me just like he had been doing it his whole life.

The manager sat up and gave me a hard stare, like maybe I was making fun of him.

"It’s his name," I said. "Honest."

The manager said, "Don’t you know not to bring a dog into a grocery store?"

"Yes sir," I told him. "He got in by mistake. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.

"Come on, Winn-Dixie," I said to the dog.

I started walking and he followed along behind me as I went out of the produce department and down the cereal aisle and past all the cashiers and out the door.

Once we were safe outside, I checked him over real careful and he didn’t look that good. He was big, but skinny; you could see his ribs. And there were bald patches all over him, places where he didn’t have any fur at all. Mostly, he looked like a big piece of old brown carpet that had been left out in the rain.

"You’re a mess," I told him. "I bet you don’t belong to anybody."

He smiled at me. He did that thing again, where he pulled back his lips and showed me his teeth. He smiled so big that it made him sneeze. It was like he was saying, "I know I’m a mess. Isn’t it funny?"

It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor.

"Come on," I told him. "Let’s see what the preacher has to say about you."

And the two of us, me and Winn-Dixie, started walking home.

Because of Winn-Dixie. Copyright (c) 2000 Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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"Take one disarmingly engaging protagonist and put her in the company of a tenderly rendered canine and you've got yourself a recipe for the best kind of down-home literary treat. Kate DiCamillo's voice in Because of Winn-Dixie should carry from the steamy, sultry pockets of Florida clear across the miles to enchant young readers everywhere." — Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-award winner Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse, Newberry Award-winning author of Out of the Dust
Take one disarmingly engaging protagonist and put her in the company of a tenderly rendered canine, and you've got yourself a recipe for the best kind of down-home literary treat. Kate DiCamillo's voice in Because of Winn Dixie should carry from the steamy, sultry pockets of Florida clear across the miles to enchant young readers everywhere.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of Winn-dixie was one of the best books i ever read because of how close the girl and the dog were. The dog [winn-dixie] was Opals only friend and they had a loving friendship from the moment the saw each other. This book really touched me and it also made me laugh so hard at times. I really recommend it to everyone. It changed my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is an amazing and outstanding novel by Kate DiCamillo. I totally recommend it, and have read it at least half a dozen times.Kate DiCamillo is an awesome author herself, and has written many honored novels, but I find that overal, Because of Winn-Dixie is her most compelling and mind-boggling book ever. I love this book and recommend it to anyone.
WearingPlaid More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was in fourth grade. I love how easy it is to read yet It is not too easy for me to read now. The characters make me smile everytime I read it. The movie is also very good and compliments the book very well. Because of Winn-Dixie holds a very good message for all ages. Very good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best book i have ever read in my life!!!!!!!!! 1) because it was so funny 2) it's was a book for people who love animals And 3)it was very heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winn Dixie is a great book for children. My son read it in class, and he's been repeatedly reading it. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read it i was touched it was really insayering too. If you like dogs and surprises you will love this book . Coming from a 10 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one of the best books i have read ina while .it is a nice/absorbing story . and its funny as well !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but heartfelt tale. A very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book Because of Winn-Dixie. I like this book alot. The reason why i wanted to read this book is because it reminded me of myself. I recommend this book to people who like dogs. This book is about a girl finding a dog and they become best friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It shows good characters that you'll come to know and love. A touching story of friendship, Because of Winn-Dixie deserves 11 stars. I hope you enjoy it. And I recomend the movie too. So you can relive the book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was actually the first real chapter i ever read in 1st grade and i understood it so i would reccomend this book to 1st through7th grade levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read beacuse of whin dixie i feel it is a great book about whin dixi opal and the preacher. And i feel evrybody who has a chance should read it. It is also simular to shilo a story about a boy and a dog the only difrence is the dog isint his. So read it if you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the sample of the book it was sooooooo awsome. I definitly wanted to buy this book. Also it has a really good begining. And if you like dogs than this is a perfect book for you.I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly love this book. In my library at mt school, thid book is awesome and i bet it is on the Nok too. I recommend this book for ages 8+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me remember the day i had a dog when i was 4 years old and i loved him so much i wish he was hear with me.......... if you love books please choose this one it will warm your heart with love,friendship,happyness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is a quick read you just can't put down. It is a tale of a girl, India Opal, who finds a dog that leads to friendship and better understanding of not just the new town, but also of her father. She learns about her mama and why her father the preacher does some of the things he does. I LOVE THIS BOOK and have for many years now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In class a couple yrs ago and i still re-read the book im on my 13 time re-reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because of Winn-Dixie is pretty easy to read and is pretty short, but I love this book!!!! The reading level of Because of Winn-Dixie is 3.9 so this book is for a second to fourth grader. Although I'm in fifth grade, I love Because of Winn-Dixie because it's a loving story about a girl and a dog who have "adventures" together and it almost made me cry at the end when she (I'm not saying the girl's name because it ruins some of the story) almost loses her dog. I hope you like this summary of Because of Winn-Dixie and thank you so much for spending your time reading this box I typed for you. Please write to me at Sapphire Glittermist ASAP!!!! Again,thank you for reading this box!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive loved this book since i was in the 3rd grade i have the paper back book and the electronic one my teacher had given it to me because when she asked what book we would like her read i always voted for because of winn dixie and i hope one day i can read it to my children in 16 and in the tenth grade and still love this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It touchs your heart in a way you would never expect. the author does a supierior job on squence so it is not at all repetitive i personaly reccomend this book to anyone at any age its a heart warming nove!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read almost every book such as this one and found them more enjoyable. I was frankly surprised to learn it was nominated for the, 'Sasquatch Awards' and 'Kids Choice' up here in Washington. It was an easy read and there isn't much for it, and I was done within the hour yawning and picking up another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great story Read with class in third grade Great for all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book EVER!: ) I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of happy and sad moments. I even cried once. Again my name is Pickle: P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Its a favorite. I do highly reccomend this awesome, funny, touching book! ~Thank You : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book so recomend it