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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.

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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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Dicamillo, Kate
Nancy Paulsen Books
Lisa Lewis Tyre
DiCamillo, Kate
Herlong, M.H.
Lewis Tyre, Lisa
New York, NY
City and town life
Animals - Dogs
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Social Situations - General
Animals - Pets
Social Issues - General
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Mysteries & Detective Stories
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