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Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie is a book that every child should get the chance to read. I remember reading this book when I was younger and it filled me with all kinds of emotions that left me not wanting to put the book down. This book follows a 10-year-old girl named Opal after she finds a dog destroying the inside of the grocery store Winn-Dixie. After claiming the dog is hers, she takes him home, names him Winn-Dixie (the place she found him), and the two become inseparable. In this book, Opal learns the background stories of her neighbors and becomes friends with people she originally did not like. Students in my classroom could joy read this, but I would like to read this as a class in upper elementary. It would teach my students that you should try your best to understand people before saying that you do not like them. Everyone has their own reason for acting how they do, so understanding background stories is always important.