Opal’s voice is down to earth, matter of fact and irresistible. In the years since I read Because of Winn Dixie for the first time, I have never forgotten the way she likened her daddy to a tortoise. With a minimum of words, Kate Di Camillo paints vivid three-dimensional portraits of characters, each of whom found a place in my heart. I expect it is almost impossible not to fall in love with Opal, a little girl who doesn’t understand why her mummy went away; a little girl with a heart that is big enough to fit everyone she meets, even if she doesn’t think so at first.
While the preacher gradually keeps his promise to tell Opal ten things about her absent mother, Opal is busy learning mountains of heart warming wordly wisdom through the people she meets. Because of Winn Dixie is a keeper: one that I still look forward to reading again and again.
Title: Because of Winn Dixie
Author: Kate Di Camillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press, $11.99
Publication Date: 2000
For ages: 9+
Type: Junior Fiction