Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Because of Winn-Dixie"

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate Dicamillo is one of my favorite books.
India Opal Buloni is one of those characters that you feel is "real", because their story is so touching. While the red haired, freckled face preacher's daughter is certainly a part of the story, so is her dog. It all starts when she goes to the Winn-Dixie grocery store. When she sees that a big, ugly dog is about to be sent to the pound, her heart is broken. She soon finds herself telling a major lie, but that lie entirely changes the course of her Summer. Opal is very lonely in her new town. She hardly knows any kids in town, and her father makes things no better. He is always like a turtle, sticking his head inside a shell, and hiding in it. And Opal has no mother... or at least with her. Her mother left when she was young, and Opal has no idea where she is, but is finding herself thinking more about her mother than ever before.  Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal meets many friends and even finds a job.   Miss Franny, Otis, and Gloria Dump all prove to be wonderful friends, and Opal doesn't care if they're adults. The stories Miss Franny tells keep Opal busy in the morning, the work at the pet shop keeps her busy in the afternoon, and at night, she goes to Gloria's house.  Since Miss Franny is a librarian, Opal asks for a suggestion for a book to read to Gloria - who is blind. She soon starts reading to her, and that's when the idea comes to her. The story comes to a close while they're having a party, and it sort of ties in everything, and sums up the book. This book is sad, sweet, and well written, and the humor comes through at times. Winn-Dixie is a lovable dog, and his charming ways are what make the book so sweet. It even has a Newberry Honor! And if you don't read this book, Kate Dicamillo is a wonderful author, and all of her books are great! But as for "Because of Winn-Dixe", I give it 5 stars and it is 192 pages and could be read by anyone!


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