Rhonda P, April 6, 2013 (view all comments by Rhonda P)
My students love this book! It has the reader enthralled right in the first chapter. Some of our students can relate in one way or another with Opal in that they are living in a single parent home. When I first read this book, I cried at the dog party part of the book. My son came up to me and asked me what was wrong, and I said, "This part of the book is so sad!" When a book causes the reader to feel emotions so strongly, then you have a winning book! In my classroom, we have a dog party at the end of the year after we finish reading the book. The students enjoy the whole works - the pickles, egg salad sandwiches, Litmus lozenges, etc. We even watch the movie during the party so that the students can compare and contrast it with the book. A must read for children of all ages!
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Lynn Baker, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Lynn Baker)
This is such a wonderful story. I loved all of the characters, and especially Winn Dixie! Please submit it for the best book of the decade 2010 Puddly Award.
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cookie567, March 3, 2008 (view all comments by cookie567)
this is a very nice book i once read it and i said i love this book!i am going to get this book when i get enough money but right now i dont have enough i think all i have is 40$ if i can oops better get it soon and i know i will read it always...cause if i never read it in a long time...and i notice i will say oh!i remember this book i loved it its been a while i think i will read it again because i love the book alot when ever i see it im all like
i have to get it before anyone else does but before i can get it its gone so i am looking forward into getting this book.i love this book!!!
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Everything you need for a great children's book, right?
This book has everything you need for a great book for EVERYONE.
If you can read this book and not find ONE character with whom you can empathize, then I can only say that your heart must be made of stone.
This book grabs your attention from the opening pages and doesn't let go again until you reach the end. I will say this until I'm blue in the face (or in the fingers, since I'm typing this), people - children's books are for everyone!
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by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"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."
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"[E]xquisitely crafted first novel. Each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness; yet the chapters add up to much more than a sum of their parts...This bittersweet tale of contemporary life in a small Southern town will hold readers rapt."
by School Library Journal (Starred Review),
"This well-crafted, realistic, and heartwarming story will be read and reread as a new favorite deserving a long-term place on library shelves."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Poignant and delicately told."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"[C]arefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging."
by Minneapolis Star Tribune,
"[A]n enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom."
by Orlando Sentinel,
"Both kids and grown-ups love it...it's a great read-aloud book...it has scooped up numerous awards...it's an unforgettable story about making friends..."
by Washington Post,
"It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read."
"The books' truthfulness is what makes it so powerful. People can identify with the fact that everyone sort of isolates themselves because of a misconnection or a loss or whatever is in their lives."
A classic boy-and-dog tale in the tradition of Old Yeller
Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for--until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives--and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend. From the author of the BBYA Top Ten selection The Great Wide Sea comes a powerful story of hope, courage, and knowing when to let go.
Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship--and forgiveness--can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.
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