Parents' Guide to

Because of Winn-Dixie

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stray dog helps lonely girl find friends in lovely tale.

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age 8+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 7+

age 8+

Winn Dixie

I think families and teachers should be aware that there IS mention of alcoholism a few times throughout the short story regarding a couple of characters.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (48 ):

Kate DiCamillo's lovely, short novel is full of charming, quirky characters and beautiful life lessons. Winn-Dixie becomes Opal's true friend and her reason for being. He's afraid to be alone, and so is Opal, but now they have each other, and the goofy dog helps the little girl make new friends. Readers of Because of Winn-Dixie will see how much Opal's life improves when she approaches people with an open mind and an open heart, and they'll see how much comfort she finds in realizing that she's not the only one living with sorrow. Most important, all of these feelings are couched in an amusing story with a wonderful cast of misfits.

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