Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


I’ve been wanting to read Because Winn-Dixie for years and I was happy that it is the May selection of the Kewaunee Library Youth Book Club.

Opal has just moved to a new town in Florida with her father, the preacher.  Her mother is missing, and it is an item that they never discuss.  Opal adopts a dog that is at the grocery store causing trouble and names him Winn-Dixie.  Winn-Dixie travels around with Opal and allows her to meet new people and become a part of the town.  It also allows her to finally question her father about her mother.

Daniel (10-year old) really enjoyed this book and actually took it away at one point to read on his own and I had a to catch back up.  My 12-year old son Kile said it was “okay.”  It’s hard to get him enthused about any book these days unless it is a fantasy or sci-fi book.  Daniel really liked Winn-Dixie the dog and how Opal made new friends.  I was touched reading it on how Opal was able to work through her loneliness with the help of Winn-Dixie and make new friends.  I also loved how she befriended a lady that other kids called a “witch.”

Overall, Because Winn-Dixie is a wonderful little book that is an interesting story that keeps kids intrigued that also touches on loneliness and making new friends.

Book Source:  The Kewaunee Public Library

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