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Because of Winn-Dixie | [Kate DiCamillo]

Because of Winn-Dixie

When 10-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.
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Publisher's Summary

When 10-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.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Honor Book, 2001
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Children's Literature, 2001

"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)

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    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 08-22-10
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    "This one rocks!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-21-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Heart Warming Book"

    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-25-13
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-25-13 Member Since 2001

    Mes livres preferes sont les grands classiques, certains romans, la poésie, et l'histoire. J'aime écouter dans la voiture et au gym.

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    "Family Favorite"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer hammer 05-01-12
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    "Fabulously read! Lovely soft accent. Precious book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Because of Winn-Dixie to be better than the print version?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Prince George, BC, Canada 10-16-08
    Tracy Prince George, BC, Canada 10-16-08
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    "A really good book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer New Prague, MN, USA 12-21-06
    Jennifer New Prague, MN, USA 12-21-06
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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Chevy Chase, MD, USA 10-06-05
    Miriam Chevy Chase, MD, USA 10-06-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Lovely story, well read"

    A lovely story for adults as well as children. Cherry Jones reads it beautifully, her accent and tone just right for the various characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sonia United States 08-02-12
    sonia United States 08-02-12
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    "Family"
    What did you love best about Because of Winn-Dixie?

    The idea that family is not narrowly defined as a mother, father, and child.


    Would you recommend Because of Winn-Dixie to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Cherry Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Story of Family


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bev Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 04-09-12
    Bev Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 04-09-12
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    "Fantastic for our 10 yr olds!"
    If you could sum up Because of Winn-Dixie in three words, what would they be?

    Kids say: Funny, nice, Awesome


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Because of Winn-Dixie?

    When she first met Winn-Dixie.
    When they found Winn-Dixie after the storm


    Which character – as performed by Cherry Jones – was your favorite?

    The Pet-Store worker


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The love between father and daughter


    Any additional comments?

    This book was great for our 10 yr olds, we are a pretty sheltered family. They are not reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maria Torreon, Mexico 02-02-12
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    "Beautiful book"

    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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