Because of Winn-Dixie is a charming story about a little girl whose lonely life improves after rescuing and befriending a stray dog. This story warms up any dog lover and touches readers who have experienced loss or sadness in their lives.
Because of Winn-Dixie Setting | Have students identify and illustrate the setting of Because of Winn Dixie
The story takes place in Naomi, Florida, probably sometime in the 1960s. Opal lives with her father in an all adult trailer park.
Opal's dad is the preacher at the The Open Arms Baptist Church. It isn't like any other church; it was built inside of an old supermarket! People bring their own lawn chairs to sit in.
Opal helps out Otis at Gertrude's Pets so that she can get Winn-Dixie a collar. She loves to bring Winn-Dixie with her, and loves to hear Otis play the guitar for all of the animals; it's as if he puts them into a trance.