Saturday, January 03, 2015

Because of Winn-Dixie

I was given Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo for Christmas, the story of a motherless little girl who takes up with a stray dog. It's a beautiful little children's story.

Here are a few quotes to give you some idea (sometimes quotes from a book give you more of an idea than an individual review):
Sometimes, it seemed like everybody in the world was lonely.

“Do you think everybody misses somebody? ...”

“Mmmm-hmmm,” said Gloria. She closed her eyes. “I believe, sometimes, that the whole world has an aching heart.”
I loved the concept of the lozenge with the taste of sorrow in it, which prompts lozenge-suckers to say things like “it tastes like people leaving” or “it tastes like not having a dog”, which was a lovely way to portray that the sweet and sad of life is all mixed in together.

There is a post on the Rabbit Room called The Joys of Sad Stories, which says “In children’s fiction, nobody does sadness like Kate DiCamillo ... the hurt, the loneliness, and the sadness nourish the souls of characters and readers alike”.



Rebecca said...

I love good children's literature. I will have to keep my eye out for this author. "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." (C.S. Lewis)

Catherine said...

This is one of our favourite stories, Ali. The kids and I read it last year and found several copies at the Lifeline booksale in September too, which we have been liberally dispersing. So glad you like it too!

Ali said...

Ah, I have realised I never responded Rebecca - I love that CS Lewis quote. Too true.

And sorry, you were moderated Cath because the post has gone two weeks. I think I remember you showing me the Lifeline haul and it was another prompt to read it. Have you read any of her others?