Because Of Winn-dixie: Movie Tie-in

Paperback | December 29, 2004

byKate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling story is now one of the biggest family movie events of 2005--celebrate with this irresistible movie tie-in!
One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her absentee mother, and Opal makes lots of unusual friends in her quirky Florida town. And because of Winn-Dixie, Opal grows to learn that friendship -- and forgiveness -- can sneak up on you like a sudden storm. Now available in a delightful tie-in edition, here is the original Newbery Honor-winning book that inspired the major motion picture.
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE film artwork copyright © 2005 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling story is now one of the biggest family movie events of 2005--celebrate with this irresistible movie tie-in! One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her ab...

Kate DiCamillo says of writing BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, "I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed. As a result, I was suffering from a serious case of 'dog withdrawal.' One night, before I went to sleep, I heard this little girl's voice (with a Southern accent) say, 'I have a dog named Winn-Dixie.' When I woke up the next ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.5 inPublished:December 29, 2004Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763625582

ISBN - 13:9780763625580

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of Because Of Winn-dixie: Movie Tie-in


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An insightful book on single-parent families Very touching story about a little girl's relationship with friends from different walks of life who help her understand and deal with the void in her heart created by a mother who walked away from her family.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winn-Dixi Winn Dixi is a great book. It has lots of describing words, ajectives, WOW words and best of all love!!! The characters are: Opal,the Preacher,dunlap and stevie,Miss franny,amanda,sweety pie and the witch and otis
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A touching tale "Because of Winn-Dixie" is very touching and portrays the pain of having a parent leave you. It's a very touching story that I've read at least five times. People who are fond of animals will be even fonder of this book.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome I love it!! O
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting book This book I have read with my class and it gave me mixed emotions and was so interesting. The author did an awesome job writing this book.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really heart-loving Book Omg I really love this book I even own one I have it rite now.I remember when I read this book I cried spittle bcuz she never knew who her mom wuz so tht wuz heartbreakin
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and quick to read 3.5 stars Opal is 10-years old and finds a dog wreaking havoc in a grocery store in the small town she has just moved to. The dog doesn't look like he's in very good shape, so she feels badly for him and takes him home to see if her dad, a preacher, will let her keep him. The dog, Winn-Dixie, helps Opal make some new friends in town. This was cute. It wasn't as much about the dog as I'd hoped, and the parts with the dog were my favourite parts, but it was more about Opal making friends in her new town. It was an enjoyable kid's book, and super-fast to read.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK!!! This book was AMAZING!!! It was very funny and entertaining! I read it in one night! You should read it!!
Date published: 2010-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delicious read for kids I loved loved this book! What a charming story. It has a Southern flavour not unlike To Kill a Mockingbird the heroine is endearing and Winn-Dixie himself will capture any heart. This Newberry winner is probably most appropriate for children in the Judy Blume and Beverley Cleary age group .....
Date published: 2005-02-26

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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. This is what happened: I walked into the produce section of the Winn-Dixie grocery store to pick out my two tomatoes and I almost bumped right into the store manager. He was standing there all red-faced, screaming and waving his arms around."Who let a dog in here?" he kept on shouting. "Who let a dirty dog in here?"At first, I didn't see a dog. There were just a lot of vegetables rolling around on the floor, tomatoes and onions and green peppers. And there was what seemed like a whole army of Winn-Dixie employees running around waving their arms just the same way the store manager was waving his.And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the tomatoes and onions and green peppers.The manager screamed, "Somebody grab that dog!"The dog went running over to the manager, wagging his tail and smiling. He stood up on his hind legs. You could tell that all he wanted to do was get face to face with the manager and thank him for the good time he was having in the produce department, but somehow he ended up knocking the manager over. And the manager must have been having a bad day, because lying there on the floor, right in front of everybody, he started to cry. The dog leaned over him, real concerned, and licked his face."Please," said the manager. "Somebody call the pound.""Wait a minute!" I hollered. "That’s my dog. Don’t call the pound."All the Winn-Dixie employees turned around and looked at me, and I knew I had done something big. And maybe stupid, too. But I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t let that dog go to the pound."Here, boy," I said.The dog stopped licking the manager’s face and put his ears up in the air and looked at me, like he was trying to remember where he knew me from."Here, boy," I said again. And then I figured that the dog was probably just like everybody else in the world, that he would want to get called by a name, only I didn’t know what his name was, so I just said the first thing that came into my head. I said, "Here, Winn-Dixie."And that dog came trotting over to me just like he had been doing it his whole life.The manager sat up and gave me a hard stare, like maybe I was making fun of him."It’s his name," I said. "Honest."The manager said, "Don’t you know not to bring a dog into a grocery store?""Yes sir," I told him. "He got in by mistake. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again."Come on, Winn-Dixie," I said to the dog.I started walking and he followed along behind me as I went out of the produce department and down the cereal aisle and past all the cashiers and out the door.Once we were safe outside, I checked him over real careful and he didn’t look that good. He was big, but skinny; you could see his ribs. And there were bald patches all over him, places where he didn’t have any fur at all. Mostly, he looked like a big piece of old brown carpet that had been left out in the rain."You’re a mess," I told him. "I bet you don’t belong to anybody."He smiled at me. He did that thing again, where he pulled back his lips and showed me his teeth. He smiled so big that it made him sneeze. It was like he was saying, "I know I’m a mess. Isn’t it funny?"It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor."Come on," I told him. "Let’s see what the preacher has to say about you."And the two of us, me and Winn-Dixie, started walking home.Because of Winn-Dixie. Copyright (c) 2000 Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.