Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
I am a sucker for dog books. Because of Winn Dixie met all of my expectations! It is wonderful! The book was written in 2001 and is the first novel that Kate DiCamillo wrote. The reason I picked up Because of Winn Dixie this weekend is because it is on the 2014 Illinois Bluestem Award Nomination list.
Winn-Dixie ran into 10-year-old Opal's life at just the right time. Opal was looking to meet some new friends. Winn-Dixie was a dirty looking mutt in need of a bath. Once Opal and Winn-Dixie met, they were inseparable. Everywhere Opal went, the dog was right behind her. And, if Opal left Winn-Dixie behind, all he did was bark and bark!
Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal learned 10 new things about her mother (1 for every year of her life), met Otis at the pet store, heard new and exciting stories from the local librarian and learned a few important life lessons.
After reading Because of Winn Dixie I wanted to go and meet some new people in my own community and give some extra treats to my own very special dog.