I don’t usually like books about dogs. However, I must say that not since Ribsy by Beverly Cleary, have I enjoyed a dog book this as much as Because of Winn-Dixie. It is a children’s book, and one that I can recommend freely, since it is without even a touch of violence or sexually. Even children that are not old enough to actually read this book, can hear it without any parental cringing (or as I used to do sometimes when reading to my kids – editing). It is told from the lead character’s perspective as she finds her pet in her new home town, then the pet leads her to build her own little community of odd people. The characters are unique, small town characters, each with wonderful stories to tell.
If you chose to listen to this book on tape, the actress who reads, Cherry Jones is wonderful. She has a southern little girl’s voice that is expressive and sweet.
Because of Winn-Dixie Signature Edition, DiCarmillo, Kate and Jones, Cherry