My sweet MiMi...she goes to her school library and picks out books *for me* to read. She had picked out a few that I told her I just couldn't read yet, like the last Harry Potter book. But I do read them and just recently, they have turned to "chapter" books. I read Stonewords a few weeks ago and last week, she brought home this one. I was still in midst of Rebecca, I'd just gotten Still Alice, and Just Kids is waiting for me at the library...along with the next Harry Potter at my bedside. *BUT* I think it's amazing that she thinks of me while she's at the library and her book choice for me takes precedence.
Fortunately, her choice was not only a quick read (182 pages), it was delightfully wonderful. DiCamillo writes her voices very much similar to Deborah Wiles, who wrote one of my very favorite books each little bird that sings.
India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida with her preacher dad. The book opens in the Winn-Dixie grocery store, with a mangy mutt on the loose. Opal (as her dad calls her) decides to "save" the much-sought after mutt and declare him as her own. She calls for him "Winn-Dixie" and he rushes to her side as if they had been together forever.
And the rest of the novel is her life in Naomi, Florida with Winn-Dixie: how she meets an amazing set of people, as the new girl in town. It is *so* good, so sweet, so heart-warming. There is not a single bad character in here - her dad is the most amazing fella, who preaches in an abandoned grocery store...where the patrons bring their own folding chairs to hear his sermon.
We have all seen the movie, twice. The movie is very sweet too and almost an exact replica of the novel. However, the novel gives more insight to Opal's personality by having the ability to know her exact thoughts, which is missing from the movie. Both are worthy to see and read.
Another great book choice from one of the greatest, and most orneriest, little seven year old daughters I've ever had.