A Year of Great Third Grade Read Alouds: March & April
Summary of the Book
“A young girl, India Opal Buloni, moves to a trailer park in Florida with her preacher father. Lonely, she explores the Winn-Dixie supermarket, where she meets a scruffy, scrappy dog getting into all kinds of mischief. She claims it as her own to save it from the pound, and names it Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, India meets all sorts of characters, and figures out quite a bit about herself, and her life, in the process.”
Why This Book Is Great
Where to begin? This book is complex and strikes all of the right balances. It’s an adventurous, serious and comedic story told from the perspective of a ten-year old girl named Opal with a voice that is honest, insightful and funny. Through Opal’s eyes, we meet many different characters both young and old that have an array of backgrounds and stories. The author carefully lets their stories unfold and readers will use all kinds of clues discovering the characters – quirks, tragic flaws and all.
Because of Winn Dixie has some dark, serious themes running through it but the lessons that it teaches in the end outshine everything else. As in life, the dark parts are what eventually teach us the life lessons we never forget. Loneliness is one of the main patterns running through the book and as it progresses, we see how each of the characters fell into it and how they get themselves back out. It is a gorgeous story about the people in our lives and the joy that every one of them can bring.