Deep sadness lingers in India Opalâs heart from her alcoholic motherâs abandonment, but with the help of a loveable mutt and unlikely friends, Opal finds healing and happiness.
Because of Winn Dixie was a treat to read, and made a perfect âjust before bedâ read aloud. We laughed heartily at Winn Dixieâs antics, and enjoyed all the colorful characters. The writing is smooth, and the hurt and misfortunes that alcoholism can cause was presented in a sensitive way. Boys and girls of all ages will enjoy this heartwarming story. Canât say the same for the movie – we saw it shortly after reading the book, and unfortunately the charm was completely lost. What a snoozer. Because of Winn Dixie was Kate DiCamilloâs debut novel, earning her a Newbery honor.