Genre- Realistic Fiction

Title: Because of Winn Dixiebecause-of-winn-dixie

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Date: 2000

Age Level: Elementary (3-4) or Upper (5-6)

Summary: “Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Flordia and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Strengths: I really enjoyed reading this book, so much that I read it in one sitting. I love the relationship between Winn-Dixie and the people of this small town. I like that Winn-Dixie creates relationships between Opal and people of the town. At certain parts, I found myself laughing because of the personality DiCamillo gave Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie brings people together from the town that usually wouldn’t get together. This book overall is a great read!

Concerns: The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the fact that it didn’t explain a lot about Opal’s mother. I would have liked some more information about her. Also, I wish there would have been some kind of confrontation with Amanda about her brother Carson. I thought it was just kind of mentioned then dropped.

Classroom Use: This would be a great book for a book discussion. It would be great in small groups or in large groups with the whole class. I would assign chapters and then do activities pertaining to the chapters read just to be sure everyone is keeping up. The language is easy enough for students to read alone. They could read the book and then do some kind of project, presentation, or skit.

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