"Because of Winn-Dixie" is a wonderful book. The writing is impeccable; simple elegance. The book is written with integrity and authenticity, and without pretension. The dog, Winn-Dixie, is adorable. The other characters are idiosyncratic, intriguing, and real. The dialogue is clear and authentic. The story (including the ending) flows and rings true.
The author shares feelings that are intrinsic in the human experience: sadness and happiness; loneliness and belonging; rejection and friendship; grief and compassion; hope and acceptance.
Ms. DiCamillo has deservedly received two Newberry Medals. "Because of Winn-Dixie" was (only) a Newberry Honor Book, but may be her best and most enduring work.
This a great book for family reading, especially if one has a child or grandchild in grade school. A gift for all ages.