A 2001 Newbery Medal Honor Book and now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox.
©2000 Kate DiCamillo; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones delivers a superb first-person narration that brings the charming 10-year-old daughter of the Open Arms Baptist Church preacher to life....A stellar audio interpretation of a Newbery Honor book!" (AudioFile)
"DiCamillo's debut novel, a 2001 Newbery Honor Book, percolates with heartfelt emotion and eccentric Southern color as superbly performed by Tony Award-winning actress Jones....This is a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"Because of Winn-Dixie" is a heart warming book that leaves a wonderful feeling in your heart for a long time. The reader does an excellent job in bringing the characters to life to the point where you are able to relate to them in one way or another. I strongly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
What can you say about Cherry Jones? She is a fantastic narrator for this story. This is one of those books for which hearing it narrated is far better than reading the text yourself. Your kids will love this.
We originally purchased this audiobook on cassette tape when it was first published and my now grownup daughter was a child. We have gone through multiple copies and given it as a gift to all of the children in the family. Most recently my husband and I listened to it together on a car trip and laughed out loud and then were moved to tears (…okay, I was moved to tears, but he did laugh out loud during the funny parts). Not only is this a wonderful story, the narration is among the very best I have heard. Obviously Cherry Jones is a very renowned actress, but many actresses lack the talent to give a book the transcendent quality that she has given this story. I can't believe anyone could listen to it and not be drawn in to listen till it ends. The reading is so moving, and the story is both realistic and yet hopeful. One of our very favorite books and a truly exceptional narration.
The audio version of Because of Winn Dixie is so much better than any printed version could be for one reason: the soft Southern accent of the protagonist is winsome and gentle, and conveys deeply-felt emotions in a way that took me by surprise. I purchased this for my 3rd grader, but it ended up being heard by my Kindergartener, my 5th grader, and myself one Saturday morning as we folded laundry together. Once all the clothes were folded, we sat down dumbfounded at the table to head the rest, breaking only to munch on snacks. The worldview of the book is that all people matter, and all people deserve a second chance. It was not lost on my children. It needed no explanation by me.
I really love this book. I even shared it with my class and we all fell in love with it. We watched the movie too and had a Winn-Dixie party. I recommend it to all my friends - and you too. Kate DiCamillo is a great writer.
We really enjoyed listening to Winn-Dixie. Our youngest is enrolled in a reading program through school and needed an easier way to be comfortable with reading the 'big books' they are into now. This helps out a lot and is really boosting his confidence! Thanks Audible!
A lovely story for adults as well as children. Cherry Jones reads it beautifully, her accent and tone just right for the various characters.
The idea that family is not narrowly defined as a mother, father, and child.
I would recommend it to upper elementary students due to the nature of some mature themes, however, the simplicity of the story line takes you back to an age of innocence free from the more violent themes that surround students today in videos, TV shows, and music.
A Story of Family
Through Opal's journey friendships find a way of challenging the status quo and the adventure she sets out to discover in her new hometown delightfully culminates in an understanding of what it means to be family without necessarily being biologically related.
Kids say: Funny, nice, Awesome
When she first met Winn-Dixie.
When they found Winn-Dixie after the storm
The Pet-Store worker
The love between father and daughter
This book was great for our 10 yr olds, we are a pretty sheltered family. They are not reading
A story about a lonely girl and her friendship with a charming,intelligent stray dog, and all the characters the dog help her befriend. All the character were very unique, all faced real life problems, but all these situations were told from the naive, innocent and hopeful point of view of a child. Cherry Jones really captured the childish nature of the main character. A light read, perfect for children and adults who love dogs and are still children at heart.
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