Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Because of Winn-Dixie

I like the links shared by Laura Lee Samples in this post.

DiCamillo, K. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie.  Cambridge, Mass.:  Candlewick Press.

Because of Winn-Dixie
How would you react as the new girl in town, with no mom, no friends, and a turtle preacher for a dad?  India Opal Buloni takes us through her journey as the new kid in town, which starts at the local grocery store in search of a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes.  She returns with a dog.  And not just any dog... a scraggly looking dog with a toothy grin and sneezes that win the hearts of everyone he meets.  

Readers are introduced to a couple of bald-headed babies, a librarian with a passion for lozenges, a finger-sucking five year old, and a jail-bait musician.  Other characters are met along the way as this Newbery Honor book guides you through a unique story of life, friendship, and community in the pursuit of happiness. 

What are you waiting for?  Join Kate DiCamillo as she introduces you to a young girl's life that took a turn for the better Because of Winn-Dixie!

BIG questions for use with this book:
Why does Opal call her daddy "Preacher" at the beginning of this story, but change to "Daddy" at the end?
How does Opal learn a life lesson on her quest to finding friends?
What does Opal mean when she says the preacher is like "a turtle hiding inside its shell?"

Classroom ideas for this book are effectively laid out in the following teacher resource guide, provided by Candlewick Press.  It is recommended for grades 3-5 and incorporates ideas surrounding a variety of curriculum connections in reading, writing, art, drama, science, math, and geography.  Discussion questions are provided as well.  Check it out HERE!

Another resource toward creating lists of ten, as Opal does when her father tells her ten things about her mom that she doesn't ever want to forget.  Check that out HERE!

Enjoy this fantastic read worthy of sharing with readers of all ages!  You can even check out the movie to compare with the book!  That is, AFTER you read it for yourself of course.

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