This week I decided to read Because Of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I loved this book! Before reading this book I had no idea it was a movie too! This is a story about a girl and her dog. Opal, the main character of this story, just moved to a little town in Florida with her father who is the pastor of a church there. One day she goes to the supermarket and the owner starts making a fuss. A dog was running throughout the aisles and knocking everything over. Opal says the dog is hers, even though it isn’t, and takes him out of the store. His hair is matted and he is very skinny. She goes home and asks her dad if they could keep the dog because the dog had no home or family. The pastor was hesitant at first but eventually says yes. She names the dog Winn Dixie and he goes everywhere with her and the pastor! He goes with them to the store, to church and everywhere in between. Opal wasn’t so sure about moving from her hometown because she had to leave all of her friends behind and she thought it was going to be hard making new ones. Throughout the book, she makes many different friends from many different places. Most of them are not her age but she loves them just as much. There are many series of events that take place in this book but I won’t spoil it for you! This was such a great book filled with so many different emotions! I think this would be a great book for older elementary kids. I think it would be fun to do a friendship unit on this with the whole class and then watch the movie at the end!