Length: 192 pages
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
First Published: 2000
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The summer Opal and her father, the Preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the local Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. Quickly, Opal (and everyone else) falls in love with the enchanting stray with a big smile. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal breaks out of her shell, befriending both children and adults in her new hometown. Mixing deeper themes about life with charming childhood antics, Because of Winn-Dixie is a classic children’s book perfect for a read-aloud.
The classic heartwarming tale from Kate DiCamillo—now with an afterword from the beloved author, reflecting on twenty years in print
One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries—and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. This updated edition of Kate DiCamillo’s classic novel invites readers to make themselves at home—whether they’re experiencing the book for the first time or returning to an old favorite.
Quotes from Because of Winn-Dixie
There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.
You can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.
It’s hard not to immediately fall in love witha dog who has a good sense of humor.
How can you make a beautiful ending without making beautiful mistakes.
Movie Trailer for Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
About Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo is an author whose works include Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux, The Magician’s Elephant, The Tiger Rising, and Flora & Ulysses. DiCamillo currently lives in Minneapolis. Visit the author’s website →