India Opal Buloni went to the store to buy a box of macaroni and cheese, rice, and two tomatoes. But he never expected to return with a new dog that would change his life. Find out what happened to him in By Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
Due to Winn-Dixie, there was a huge ruckus in the store. Employees ran from side to side, waving their arms. The store manager was yelling angrily. And then a big, ugly, scruffy dog came running around the corner.
“He skidded to a stop and smiled at me. I’ve never seen a dog smile before in my life, but that’s what he did. He pulled his lips back and showed me all his teeth.”
Before you know it, India said it was her dog. She couldn’t help it. She didn’t want him to go to the kennel.
She called him Winn-Dixie, after the store they were in. Then the two of them walked home.
India and her father, the preacher, had just moved to the city, so she had no friends. Thanks to Winn-Dixie, he met Miss Franny Block in the library and heard her story about the bear.
Thanks to Winn-Dixie, she ended up working at the pet store, where she met Otis. He had a very nice gift for playing the guitar, and all the animals stopped to listen.
Because of that dog, he ended up in the neighborhood witch’s yard, Gloria Dump. He told her all about his life and how he felt, and Gloria Dump had a special way of making her feel better.
Thanks to Winn-Dixie, he ended up next to Amanda Wilkinson, pinch face. They both found out about an old candy that tasted sweet and sad at the same time.
And because of that dog, the party that India planned with Gloria Dump, for which they decorated and prepared egg salad sandwiches and invited everyone, was almost ruined. But it wasn’t Winn-Dixie’s fault. Anyway, not really. Because, can it be your fault if what you did was just part of your character and not something you were trying to do?
Kids will enjoy the way India and her dog make friends and foes in the city, and the way things come together to create surprises everywhere. Children who love animals, or especially dogs, will be able to relate to the special bond you have with a pet, especially when you feel lonely and friendless.
Kate DiCamillo won a Newberry Medal of Honor for this charming story of simple values and the kinds of things children think about. By Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is a book that will make you and your dog smile.