Bibliographical Information: DiCamillo, K. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Brief Annotation: India Opal finds a new friend (A dog) in the Winn-Dixie supermarket and takes him home as her own. Throughout her journey she meets multiple people who teach her multiple things about life and finding the good in the bad.
Genre: Children’s Novel
Grade Level: 4th
Readers who will like this: This book would be great for students who have a great bond with an animal in their lives. I think it is a great story for children to relate to because it talks about how the dog influences her to do many things which teach her many lessons.
Rating/Response: 5 I loved reading this as a kid and loved it even more reading it now. I forgot about all of the lessons being taught in it and was glad to read it again.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: From looking at the cover page, what do you think is going to happen in this book?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice
Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because children can learn many lessons from it. They can also relate their special bonds with something to this story.
Posted by: Brittany Billiet