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Because of Winn-Dixie

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Transcript of Because of Winn-Dixie

Research: About Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie
Plot Summary
Major Themes
Some of the major themes in Because of Winn- Dixie are...
When Opal found Winn- Dixie at the grocery store
when Winn- Dixie caught the mouse at church
The party at Gloria Dumps house
When Otis sang to his pets
When Opal went looking for winn- Dixie in the rain
When Opal finally becomes friends with Dunlap and Stevie Dewberry.
Author's Message
The author's message is that you should give people a second chance. This is the author's message because when Opal met Amanda she thought she was pinched face, so she called her pinched face Amanda. But Opal did not know that Amanda's little brother drown when he was only five. When Opal learned this the started being nicer to her. Also in the beginning of the book Opal gave Winn-Dixie a second chance because he was a stray.
Creative Connector
Winn-Dixie is based of a Berger Picard. A Berger Picard is a medium sized dog that is well muscled and longer than tall. The coat is harsh and crisp the touch, and is about 2-2.5 in. long all over the body. The strong thick hair is not fluffy and light, it doesn't fly around in the wind. The coat colors include grey, grey black, blue grey, and red grey. The ears are high-set and quite wide at the base.
Criminal-nature of involving crime
(Page 133 Paragraph 2)
Thunder- loud, explosive, resounding noise (Page 153 Paragraph 3)
Pathological- mentally disturbed condition (Page 162 Paragraph 5)
Ghost- soul of a dead dead person (Page 174)
Hymns- song or ode in praise or honor of god (Page 175)
Palmetto- any various palms having fan shaped leaves (page 45)
Irritating- annoying or provoking (page 53)
Recalled- to bring back memory (page 54)
Identical- To look exactly the same (page 61)
Naomi- a place located in Florida (page 69)


Throughout the book there were many connections. Some of the connections are when Winn-Dixie smiles he reminds me of my dog, she does the same exact thing. Another connection is when it says "she could'nt stop drinking" it reminds me of captain Jack because he always seems to be drinking. When Littmus walked home and it wasn't there this reminds me when I was looking for Sonic and where the Sonic should be in a dark alley. The last one is when Winn-Dixie tried to take the candy it reminded me of my dog when she tried to take my clean socks out of my hand when I was trying to put them on.
Research: About the Author
The author of this book is Kate CiCamillo. She is 37 years old and was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Flordia. Her mother lived in Clermont and her older brother lived in Boston. She got a Bachelor's degree in English from University of Flordia. Also she got a Newbery Honor Medal for Because of Winn-Dixie in 2000.
Because of Winn-Dixie
Indian Opal Buloni found Winn- Dixie while she was shopping at the local Winn Dixie supermarket. Winn-Dixie wondered into store and he was unwanted so Opal "claimed" Winn-Dixie as her own. Throughout the book Winn-Dixie helped Opal make new friends. She wasn't open to many people besides her Dad. Winn-Dixie helped her through many challenges which made her a better person, they grew a strong relationship through these challenges.
Vocabulary
images from Winn-Dixie
Book cover
Winn Dixie and Opal
Gertrude's pet shop
Sweetie pie
Gloria Dump's tree
Opal and the Dewberry boys
Gloria Dump
Questions Discussed
In our group we discussed some questions like...
How do you think Opal felt when she was about to tell Gloria that Otis was a criminal?
Why do you think Gloria referred to the things she did bad as ghost?
Why do you think Otis is so shy?
Do you think it is a good thing that Opal doesn't think about her mom as much now?
What do you think happens to the characters after the book ends?
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