Because of Winn-Dixie

Author DiCamillo, Kate.
Language English
Publisher
Cambridge Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2010




Annotation:

3-6



Subjects :

  • Friendship
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Fiction.
  • Dogs
  • City and town life
  • Feral dogs

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2001 Bank Street College of Education
  • Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years, 1999-2004 Book Sense
  • Best of the Year, 2000 Child Magazine
  • Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2000 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • Capitol Choices, 2000 The Capitol Choices Committee
  • Children's Book Sense 76 Picks, Winter 2001 Book Sense 76
  • Children's Books of Distinction, 2001 Riverbank Review
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Literature Choice List, 2001 Children's Literature
  • Educators' Top 100 Children's Books, 2007 NEA Survey
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, April 1, 2000
  • Los Angeles' 100 Best Books, 2000 IRA Children's Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 Children's Book Council
  • Notable Children's Books, 2001 ALSC American Library Association
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, February 2000 Cahners
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2000 Cahners
  • School Library Journal Book Review Stars, June 2000 Cahners
  • Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2000 Smithsonian
  • Young Adults' Choices, 2002 International Reading Association
  • Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Young Listeners, 2003 American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 2001 Winner United States
  • American Booksellers Book Sense Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, 2001 Winner United States
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2002 Winner Maryland
  • Blue Hen Book Award, 2002 Winner Delaware
  • California Young Reader Medal, 2003 Winner California
  • Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner Arkansas
  • Charlotte Award, 2002 Winner United States
  • Cochecho Readers' Award, 2001-2002 Winner New Hampshire
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, 2003 Runner Up Colorado
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2000 Honorable Mention United States
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2000 Winner United States
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2000 Winner United States
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2002 Winner Vermont
  • Emphasis on Reading, 2002 Winner Alabama
  • Friends of American Writers Juvenile Literature Award, 2001 Winner United States
  • Golden Archer Award, 2003 Winner Wisconsin
  • Golden Sower Award, 2003 Winner Nebraska
  • Great Stone Face Award, 2002 Winner New Hampshire
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2003 Winner Iowa
  • John Newbery Medal, 2001 Honor Book United States
  • Josette Frank Award, 2001 Winner United States
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, 2001 Honor Book California United States
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award, 2003 Winner Pennsylvania
  • KIND Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner United States
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2003 Winner New Mexico
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003 Honor Book Louisiana
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2002 Winner Maine
  • Mark Twain Award, 2003 Winner Missouri
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2002 Winner Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2002 Winner Massachusetts
  • Mitten Award, 2000 Winner Michigan
  • Nene Award, 2005 Winner Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2005 Winner United States
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner Connecticut
  • Parents' Choice Award, 2000 Gold United States
  • Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Gold United States
  • Prairie Pasque Award, 2003 Winner South Dakota
  • Sasquatch Reading Award, 2003 Winner Washington
  • SEBA Book Award, 2001 Winner United States
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2003 Winner Oklahoma
  • South Carolina Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner South Carolina
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, 2001-2002 Winner Florida
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2002 Winner Texas
  • Virginia Young Readers Program, 2003 Winner Virginia
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2001-2002 First Place United States
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2003 Winner Tennessee
  • West Virginia Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner West Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2003 Winner Kansas
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2003 Winner Indiana
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2003 Winner Pacific Northwest
  • Benjamin Franklin Award, 2002 Finalist United States
  • Audie Award, 2002 Finalist United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • 3 Apples Book Award, 2007; Finalist New York
  • 3 Apples Book Award, 2011; Finalist New York
  • 3 Apples Book Award, 2012; Finalist New York
  • Arizona Young Readers' Award, 2002; Nominee Arizona
  • Battle of the Books, 2011-2012; Nominee New Mexico
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Maryland
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award, 2002; Nominee Ohio
  • California Young Reader Medal, 2003; Nominee California
  • Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Arkansas
  • Charlotte Award, 2002; Nominee New York
  • Cochecho Readers' Award, 2000-2001; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Cochecho Readers' Award, 2001-2002; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2002; Nominee Colorado
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee Colorado
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Vermont
  • Emphasis on Reading, 2001-2002; Nominee Alabama
  • Emphasis on Reading, 2001-2002; Nominee Alabama
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 2002; Nominee North Dakota
  • Garden State Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee New Jersey
  • Great Stone Face Award, 2001-2002; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2002; Nominee Wyoming
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Iowa
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Kentucky
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2002-2003; Nominee New Mexico
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003; Nominee Louisiana
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Maine
  • Mark Twain Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Missouri
  • Maryland Children’s Book Award, 2002; Nominee Maryland
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2002; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Nene Award, 2002; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2003; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2004; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2005; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award, 2002; Nominee Nevada
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Pennsylvania
  • Prairie Pasque Award, 2003; Nominee South Dakota
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2002; Nominee Illinois
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2002; Nominee Rhode Island
  • Sasquatch Reading Award, 2003; Nominee Washington
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2003; Nominee Oklahoma
  • South Carolina Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee South Carolina
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award, 2003; Nominee South Carolina
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Florida
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2002; Nominee Texas
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 2003; Nominee Virginia
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Illinois
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2003; Nominee Tennessee
  • West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA), 2002; Nominee Australia
  • West Virginia Children's Book Award, 2002-2003; Nominee West Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2002-2003; Master List Kansas
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2003; Nominee Indiana
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2003; Nominee Pacific Northwest
  • Bluestem Award, 2013-2014; Nominee United States
  • 3 Apples Book Award, 2009; Finalist New York

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0763607762, 9780763607760
Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:) 2000.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader Points 3

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 610
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 7


9780763616052
Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:) 2001.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader Points 3

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 7


999999
Candlewick Press (Somerville Mass.:) 2009.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 610
Accelerated Reader Points


0786236655
Thorndike Press (Waterville Me.:) 2002.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader Points 3

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Reviews :

Mel (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
Who could have known that finding a dog at the supermarket would change someone's life? Named after the supermarket in which he was found, Winn- Dixie, opens doors for new friendships and opportunities in a small southern town. Ten year old Opal has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her father, the preacher and because of Winn-Dixie she is able to make new friends, learn more about her mother and spend the summer collecting memories about the unique characters in her new hometown. Read Because of Winn-Dixie  and find out how a mangy old dog changed the lives of the various people in this sleepy southern town. Category: Award Books; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 2000, Candlewick. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Gillian Engberg (Booklist, May 1, 2000 (Vol. 96, No. 17))
Like Kimberly Willis Holt's When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (1999), this novel joins the long tradition of fiction exploring a small southern town's eccentric characters. It's summer, and 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moves with her preacher father to tiny Naomi, Florida. She's lonely at first, but Winn-Dixie, the stray dog of the title, helps her befriend a group of lovable, quirky locals, eventually bringing her closer to her father and the truth about her mother, who left the family when India was 3. Told in India's sensitive, believable voice, the story is most successful in detailing the appealing cast of characters, including Otis, an ex-convict, musician, and pet store manager; Miss Franny, a Willie Wonkaesque librarian whose "Litmus Lozenges" candies taste like sorrow; and nearly blind Gloria Dump, whose tree hung with empty liquor bottles reminds her of "the ghosts of all the things I done wrong." While some of the dialogue and the book's "life lessons" can feel heavy-handed, readers will connect with India's love for her pet and her open-minded, free-spirited efforts to make friends and build a community. Category: Middle Readers. 2000, Candlewick, $15.99. Gr. 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature)
Imagine naming a dog "Winn-Dixie" after the grocery store. Your own name causes kids to mock you "Lunch Meat!" That partly describes India Opal Buloni, a preacher's daughter, who tells us about her first summer in Naomi, Florida. Opal adopts the lovable, mangy dog whose personality changes her life and the lives of the quirky characters in this rural community. The kids think Gloria Dump is a witch but Opal discovers a kind, wrinkled old lady with bad eyesight who wins her friendship when she says, "Since I don't see so well, why don't you tell me everything about yourself so I can see you with my heart." Opal couldn't be happier. "I'd been waiting for a long time to tell some person everything about me, I did." A splendid story with heart, humor and hope. This is Newbery quality. 2000, Candlewick, $15.99. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Dia L. Michels (Children's Literature)
Sometimes when you lose your mother, you lose your father, too. That's what has happened to India Opal when we meet her in this gentle and heartwarming novel. Ten-year old India Opal has just moved to a new town with her father, a preacher, who has not recovered from India's mother walking out on them. Facing the double loss of her mother and her friends from her old town, and living with an emotionally crippled father, India has to find her own way. And she does--with courage, charisma, and charm--aided by her new best friend, a large dirty, abandoned dog who has an unresolved past of his own. The two of them, India Opal and Winn-Dixie, learn about friendship, fear, loss, and love. For children and adults alike, this book is a celebration of life. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 10 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

John D. Orsborn (Children's Literature)
A child's innocence and passion are explored in this wonderful tale. As a new arrival to the town of Naomi Florida, India Opal Buloni's life is stirred up when she meets a raggedy dog she names Winn-Dixie. India is a disarming and intriguing child, full of sadness and questions regarding her mother who left the family. India finds hope and truth through her interactions with some of the people of her new town. Miss Franny Block, Naomi's librarian, opens India's heart and mind with stories and memories of the town. Otis, the man responsible for the pet shop, helps India see that everyone has something magical within, regardless of their past. Miss Gloria Dump, though mostly blind, helps India see into people's hearts. India's greatest triumph is with her father who, through the help of India and Winn-Dixie, learns to open up about her mother's leaving. The finale, a party with this odd group of friends, gives a heart-warming conclusion to this story. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2001)
Ten-year-old Opal Buloni and her minister father have just moved to Naomi, Florida. Opal's father is a sweet, sad man who clearly loves his daughter but is too involved with his work and his own heartache to give her all the attention she craves. It is only with much insistence that Opal finally gets him to tell her ten things about her mama ("one thing for each year I've been alive"), who left them years earlier. Opal can't give up on the idea that her mama will return someday. But in the meantime, with her father intent on his work, the stray dog that she met at a supermarket and christened Winn-Dixie is Opal's sole companion as the summer begins. Both Winn-Dixie and Opal prove to have a knack for friendship. They form a bond with the elderly Miss Franny Block, town librarian, then with the small girl Sweetie Pie, and then with Gloria Dump, who has an open, welcoming way and a jungle-like backyard that becomes one of their favorite haunts. Soon Opal makes friends her own age, discovering that even the bothersome Stevie and Dunlap Dewberry have redeeming qualities. Kate Di Camillo's debut novel is alive with colorful, full-hearted characters that never cross into caricature. The story, in which Opal and her father come to realize that they are a whole family despite her mother's absence, has a feel of the slow summer days of childhood. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children. 2000, Candlewick Press, 182 pages, $15.99. Ages 9-12.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2000 (Vol. 68, No. 7))
A 10-year old girl learns to adjust to a strange town, makes some fascinating friends, and fills the empty space in her heart thanks to a big old stray dog in this lyrical, moving, and enchanting book by a fresh new voice. India Opal's mama left when she was only three, and her father, "the preacher," is absorbed in his own loss and in the work of his new ministry at the Open-Arms Baptist Church of Naomi [Florida]. Enter Winn-Dixie, a dog who "looked like a big piece of old brown carpet that had been left out in the rain." But, this dog had a grin "so big that it made him sneeze." And, as Opal says, "It's hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor." Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal meets Miss Franny Block, an elderly lady whose papa built her a library of her own when she was just a little girl and she's been the librarian ever since. Then, there's nearly blind Gloria Dump, who hangs the empty bottle wreckage of her past from the mistake tree in her back yard. And, Otis, oh yes, Otis, whose music charms the gerbils, rabbits, snakes and lizards he's let out of their cages in the pet store. Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow and hope. And, it's funny, too. A real gem. 2000, Candlewick, $15.99. Category: Fiction. Ages 9 to 12. Starred Review. © 2000 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, June 2000 (Vol. 53, No. 10))
My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.” There you have it: main characters and conflict, all in the first sentence. But there’s a lot more to this book. Opal has a singular voice with a simple, infallibly Southern inflection; her daddy is one of the nicest and quirkiest preachers to grace children’s literature; and Winn-Dixie, named after the grocery store from which Opal rescued him, is an ugly dog with a smile that makes friends and also makes him sneeze, not to mention a pathological fear of thunderstorms. In addition, readers will meet an elderly librarian whose stories inject the small town Florida setting with a past; a “witchy” neighbor who has hung a tree with beer and whiskey bottles, each representing a mistake she’s made in her life; a mentally challenged musician whose street-singing once led him to jail and who now plays for the residents of a pet store, including Gertrude the parrot, whose favorite word is “Dog!” The one person we don’t meet is Opal’s mother, who abandoned her family long ago. It is the pain of her absence that propels Opal into friendships with all the characters whom Winn-Dixie eventually brings together, lessening the loneliness of each. By turns funny and moving, vivid from trailer park to pet store, this will propel readers into a satisfying circle of companionship. Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2000, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2000, Candlewick, 182p, $15.99. Grades 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Kathie Krieger Cerra (The Five Owls, November/December 2000 (Vol. 15, No. 2))
The quick beginning, an essential feature of well-written children's books, carries Because of Winn-Dixie forward quite effectively. The stage is set in the first sentence: "My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes, and I came back with a dog." Ten-year-old Opal then proceeds to tell the funny story of a stray dog found in the produce department of the Winn-Dixie grocery store, where she calls him as if he were her own in order to save him from the pound. Because of Winn-Dixie is indeed a dog story, but it is also the story of a child, lonely yet resourceful, who has just recently moved to Naomi, Florida, with her father. It is the story of a motherless child, who longs for the love and comfort that a mother could provide. It is the story of a character finding her way in the world, a character seemingly tentative, yet as starkly defined as her red hair and the big, ugly, smiling stray dog she takes home, washes, and makes her own. And it is the story of Opal's developing friendships with distinctive, well-drawn characters--old Gloria Dump, who is almost blind; the librarian, Miss Franny Block; shy Otis at the pet store--encounters made possible, one way or another, because of the dog, Winn-Dixie. In twenty-six short chapters, DiCamillo has crafted a fine, economical story told in the authentic voice of a child, using regional language and vivid description in a clear, straightforward way. There is immediacy of feeling in this book, perfectly expressing the secret inner life that every child knows. Because of her resourcefulness, demonstrated in the opening chapter and throughout the book at every turn, Opal develops and grows as a character, in both her inner and her outer life. All of this is accomplished through a story worth telling. Children will enjoy Opal's abiding humor and Winn-Dixie's disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together. 2000, Candlewick, $15.99. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Monica Irwin (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 13, No. 3))
India Opal, known as Opal, is a ten-year-old girl new to her town. Her father is a preacher. Her mother left when Opal was three years old, so Opal and her father live alone together in a trailer in Florida. One day when Opal is at a grocery store, she sees a dog running through the produce section. When the manager decides to call the pound, Opal declares that the dog is hers and promptly names him Winn-Dixie after the grocery store where she first saw him. Opal's father allows her to keep the dog, and he quickly becomes a member of the family. Because Winn-Dixie does not like being alone, he is taken everywhere, even to church. It is because the dog is such a wonderful animal that Opal meets the town librarian, a strange woman who some think is a witch, the manager of a pet store, and several children her own age. Opal stops being lonely. This is a great book that will be valued by all who read it. The dog is delightful, as is the character of Opal. There are many funny episodes, like the mouse chase in the church service. And there are even more moving moments--a party for the manager of the pet store, stories told by the librarian, and others. Every reader will learn to appreciate what they have and will feel a sense of happiness just by reading this simple book. Grades 4 and up. 2000, Candlewick, 182p, $15.99. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Through the love she gains from her new pet, a girl gains the courage to ask her father about the mother who abandoned them. "In this exquisitely crafted first novel , each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness," said PW\n in our Best Books of 2000 citation. Ages 8-up. (Sept.)"
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2001 c2000.)

Toni Buzzeo (Audiofile, June/July 2001)
India Opal Buloni walks into the Winn-Dixie in her new hometown of Naomi, Florida, for a box of macaroni and cheese, two tomatoes, and white rice and comes out with a dog--a mangy, homeless, smiling dog. And her life changes forever. Motherless Opal and that dog aren't so different, each looking for the comfort of home and people to love them. 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. Her simple, sometimes not-quite-grammatical, but always humorous, take on daily experiences and profound life issues rings true. Her gravelly voiced blind friend, Gloria Dump; her animal-charming, big-hearted friend, Otis; her dreamy, book-loving librarian, Miss Franny Block; and squeaky-voiced, lisping Sweetie Pie are all memorably and individually created. A stellar audio interpretation of a Newbery Honor book! T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. 2002 Audie Award Finalist. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2001 (orig. 2000), Listening Library, Two cassettes, 2.5 hrs., Retail pak, $18.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Two cassettes 2.5 hrs. Retail pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 2001 (orig. 2000))

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
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. Ten-year-old Opal, lonely in the Florida town where she has just moved with her preacher father, instantly takes a shine to a scraggly stray dog she encounters in the local Winn-Dixie supermarket. The pooch, named for their meeting place, becomes a trusted companion with whom Opal can share her thoughts and fears, and her hurt, confused feelings about the mother who left the family when Opal was three. Winn-Dixie is soon helping Opal in other ways, too. The dog's "smile" and sweet temperament act as ice breakers that allow Opal to meet a whole new group of friends who grow to be an unusual extended family. Jones imbues her depiction of Opal with a tone of youthful, hopeful wonder and skillfully transforms her voice to distinguish the other older, life-weathered characters. A Tennessee native, she never sounds hokey as she adopts a Southern accent, and she effortlessly slips into a compelling storytelling rhythm. This is a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)"
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Two cassettes 2.5 hrs. Retail pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 2001 (orig. 2000))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
In a first novel recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, the narrator--ten-year-old Opal--describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie. n.d., Listening Library, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; CB230, $32.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Unabridged CD- Library Edition; CB230 $32.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Linda Harris Sittig (Parents Guide, Fall 2001 (Vol. 4, No. 1))
A beautiful story of young India Opal Buloni who moves with her father, a preacher, to rural Florida. Abandoned years ago by her mother, and without any friends, India takes in a stray dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Together the girl and the dog set about changing each other's lives for the better, and India does some growing up in the process. 2001, Listening Library, $23. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library, PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Monica Irwin (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 14, No. 4))
This narrative of the Bluebonnet award-winning novel is well done. The narrator is Cherry Jones, and she captures the character of Opal from the first moment. The story follows the novel closely and should be helpful in the classroom. However, this audio could also be just for entertainment for adults. Because the story of Opal and the adopted dog named Winn-Dixie is such a delightful tale, all ages will be pleased with this audio book, whether they have read the book or not. Those who are already fans will definitely enjoy this product. Fiction, Highly Recommended. Grades 3 and up. 2001, Listening Library, Unabridged. 2 audio-cassettes. 2 hrs. 28 mins, $23.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library, PUBLISHED: 2001.)

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