BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Chapters 13 & 14 Read Aloud (2024)

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The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the people of Naomi. Opal spends all that summer collecting stories about her new friends and learns that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

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Because of winn-dixie by kate, d, camillo, chapter 13.


And when dixie got into a daily routine where we would leave the trailer early in the morning and get down to gertrude's pets in time to hear otis play his guitar music for the animals, sometimes sweetie pie snuck in for the concert too.

She sat on the floor and wrapped her arms around when dixie and rocked him back and forth like.

He was a big old teddy bear.

And then when the music was over, she would walk around trying to pick out which pets she wanted.

But she always gave up and went home because the only thing she really wanted was a dog like when dixie after she was gone.

I would sweep and clean up and even arrange some of otis shelves because he did not have an eye for arranging things like I did.

And when I was done otis would write down my time in a notebook that he had marked on the outside one red leather collar, one red, leather leash.

And the whole time he did not in any way ever act like a criminal after working at gertrude's pets me.

And when dixie would go over to the hermann w block memorial library and talk to miss franny block and listen to her tell us a story.

But my favorite place to be that summer was in gloria dumps yard.

And I figured it was when dixie's favorite place to be too.

Because when we got to the last block before her house when dixie would break away from my bike and start to run for all, he was worth heading for gloria dumps backyard.

And his spoonful of peanut butter, sometimes dunlap and stevie dewberry would follow me.

They would holler.

There goes the preacher's daughter, visiting the witch she's, not a witch.

I told them it made me mad the way they wouldn't listen to me and kept on believing whatever they wanted to believe about gloria dump.

One time stevie said to me, my mama says, you shouldn't be spending all your time cooped up in that pet shop.

And at that library sitting around talking with old ladies, she said, you should get out in the fresh air and play with kids your own age that's.

What my mama says, oh lay off her dunlap said to stevie.

Then he turned to me.

He don't mean it he said, but I was already mad.

I shouted at stevie.

I said, I don't care what your mama says, she's, not my mama.

So she can't tell me what to do I'm gonna tell my mommy, you said that shouted stevie and she'll, tell your daddy and he'll shame you in front of the whole church.

And that pet shop man is and he was in jail.

And I wonder if your daddy knows that otis is not I said, and my daddy knows that he was in jail that was a lie, but I didn't care.

And you can go ahead and tell me if you want you big ball-headed baby, I swear it about wore me out yelling at dunlap and stevie dewberry every day.

By the time I got to gloria dumps yard.

I felt like a soldier who had been fighting a hard battle.

Gloria would make me a peanut butter sandwich straight off.

And then she would pour me a cup of coffee with half coffee and half milk.

And that would refresh me.

Why don't you play with them? Boys gloria asked me because they're ignorant, I told her they still think you're a witch.

It doesn't matter how many times I tell them you're, not I think they're just trying to make friends with you in a roundabout way, gloria said, well, I don't want to be their friend.

I said, it might be fun having them two boys for friends.

I'd rather talk with you.

I said, they're, stupid and mean and they're boys gloria would shake her head and sigh.

And then she would ask me what was going on in the world and did I have any stories to tell her.

And I always did chapter 14.

Sometimes I told gloria the story, miss franny, blockade just told me, or I imitated otis, tapping his pointy toe boots and playing for all the animals.

And that always made her laugh.

And sometimes I made up a story and gloria dump would listen to it all the way through from beginning to end.

She told me she used to love to read stories, but she couldn't anymore because her eyes were so bad.


You get some really strong glasses.

I asked her child.

She said, they don't make glasses strong enough for these eyes one day when the storytelling was done, I decided to tell gloria that otis was a criminal.

I thought, maybe I should tell an adult about it and gloria was the best adult.

I knew gloria.

I said, um, she said, back, you know, otis, I don't know him.

But I know what you tell me about him? Well, he's a criminal he's been in jail.

Do you think I should be afraid of him? What for I don't know for bad things? I guess for being in jail? Child said, gloria, let me show you something she got up out of her chair, real slow and took hold of my arm lets the two of us walk all the way to the back of this yard.

Okay, I said we walked.

And when dixie followed right behind us, it was a huge yard, and I had never been all the way back in when we got to a big old tree, we stopped look at this tree.

Gloria said, I looked up there were bottles hanging from just about every branch.

There were whiskey bottles and beer bottles and wine bottles all tied on with string.

And some of them were clanking against each other and making a spooky kind of noise me.

And when dixie stood and stared at the tree and the hair on the top of his head rose up a little bit, and he growled deep in his throat, gloria dump pointed her cane at the tree.

What do you think about this tree? I said, I don't know, why are all those bottles on it to keep the ghosts away? Gloria said, what ghost the ghost of all the things I'd done wrong? I looked at all the bottles on the tree.

You did that many things wrong.

I asked her said, gloria more than that, but you're the nicest person, I know, I told her don't mean, I haven't done bad things.

She said, there's, whiskey bottles on there.

I told her and beer bottles child said, gloria dump, I know that I'm the one who put them there I'm, the one who drank what was in them.

My mama drank, I whispered, I know it gloria dump said, the preacher says that sometimes she couldn't stop drinking said, gloria, again, that's, the way it is for some folks we get started.

And we can't get stopped.

Are you one of those people? Yes, ma'am, I am.

But these days I don't, drink, nothing stronger than coffee did the whiskey and beer and wine did they make you do the bad things that are ghosts.

Now some of them said, gloria dump some of them.

I would have done anyway with alcohol, or without it before I learned learn what learned what is the most important thing what's that I asked her it's different for everyone.

She said you find out on your own.

But in the meantime, you got to remember, you can't, always judge people by the things they done.

You got to judge them by what they are doing.

Now you judge otis by the pretty music.

He plays and how kind he is to them animals because that's, all you know about him right now.

All right? Yes, ma'am, I said and them dewberry boys.

You try not to judge them too harsh.

Either all right.

All right? I said, all right, then said, gloria dump.

And she turned and started walking away when dixie nudged me with his wet nose and wagged his tail.

When he saw, I wasn't going.

He trotted after gloria, I stayed where I was and studied the tree.

I wondered if my mama wherever she was had a tree full of bottles.

And I wondered if I was a ghost to her the same way, she sometimes seemed like a ghost to me.

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BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Chapters 13 & 14 Read Aloud (2024)


What is the main idea of Chapter 13 in Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Chapter 13 Summary

Opal talks about her daily routine—leaving the trailer early to listen to Otis play music with Sweetie Pie, sweeping the shop to save up for Winn-Dixie's collar, visiting Franny Block at the library to hear a story, and finally spending time in Gloria Dump's beautiful garden.

What happened in chapter 14 of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Gloria tells Opal that she used to love to read books, but because her eyes are so bad now she can't do it anymore. Opal confesses to Gloria one afternoon that Otis was a criminal. She wanted to know whether she should be afraid of him, and that's when Gloria takes Opal and Winn-Dixie over to a tree in her yard.

What happened in chapter 15 of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Both Winn-Dixie and Miss Franny's behavior reminds Opal of Gloria. Opal wonders who comforts her when the ghosts chatter about what she did wrong. Opal decides that she wants to comfort Gloria, and that the best way to do that is to read a book to her loud enough to scare away the ghosts.

Is Because of Winn-Dixie a chapter book? ›

Because of Winn-Dixie has 26 chapters. It is a realistic fiction novel which tells a story that could possibly have happened. The title character, Winn-Dixie is the name given to a stray dog by the main character, India Opal Buloni.

What is the main idea of Chapter 13 in restart? ›

Chapter 13 Summary: “Shoshanna Weber”

Chase's participation in the video club caused her to be disgusted with her fellow members. She is revulsed that they have come to admire him so quickly. She admits, upon researching his suggestion, that interviewing Solway is a good idea.

What happened in Chapter 14 hiding place? ›

Summary: Chapter 14: The Blue Sweater

A sympathetic guard arranges for Corrie to work with Betsie in the knitting room, which now serves as a prayer center. Betsie dreams of owning a big house to continue their life of service. Winter proves deadly. The sickest women are taken to the crematorium.

What happened in Chapter 14 Unwind? ›

All the kids file into school, but Connor, Risa, Lev, and the baby hide in the girls' bathroom. Hiding in separate stalls, Connor explains to Risa about how they once got storked, so his dad snuck the baby to a different house, and everyone basically passed the baby around until it died.

Does Winn-Dixie have a sad ending? ›

"Because of Winn-Dixie" is about a young girl named Opal, who is lonely and feels abandoned by her mother. She befriends a dog, Winn-Dixie, and he leads her to more new friendships. In the end of the story, Opal is no longer sad and becomes happy with her life the way it is.

What happened in chapter 16 of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Littmus left to be a hero, but he soon discovered the truth: war is hell. Amanda says that hell is a cuss word, but Miss Franny declares that war should be a cuss word too. She says that neither Amanda nor Opal can imagine what it's like. Littmus was hungry, covered in vermin, cold in the winter, and hot in the summer.

What happened in chapter 17 of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Miss Franny reveals that there's a secret ingredient in the candy: sorrow. Children usually have a hard time tasting it, so Opal and Amanda must've experienced great sadness. Opal says that she moved and left all her friends, that Dunlap and Stevie pick on her, and that her greatest sadness is that Mama left.

What happened in chapter 19 of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Otis kept playing, so the police tried to put handcuffs on him. Since handcuffs would've prevented Otis from playing his guitar, Otis hit an officer and knocked him out. Otis was locked up in jail for a while, and when they let him out, they made him promise to never play guitar on the street again.

What happens in chapter 12 of Winn-Dixie? ›

Opal and Winn-Dixie show up for their first day of work at Gertrude's Pets. She and Winn-Dixie walk in and see all the animals out of their cages and in the middle of the room. Otis plays the most beautiful guitar music she's ever heard.

What age is appropriate to read Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

I highly recommend this book to grades 3-grades 6. It' will meet the highest level of standards for literacy in any family or classroom!

How does Winn-Dixie end? ›

Opal can't find Winn-Dixie anywhere, even after searching the town. Ten minutes later she returns to Gloria's home to discover that Winn-Dixie has been there all the time, hiding because he is scared of storms. The book ends with Otis playing his guitar and everyone singing one of The Preacher's songs.

What is the main idea of a long walk to water Chapter 13? ›

Salva draws courage and inspiration from his memories of his family. He remembers the way his older siblings would lead him, and the way his sisters and mother would treat him gently. After a year and a half, Salva successfully leads twelve hundred boys into Kenya.

What are the main ideas of Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

Because of Winn-Dixie Themes
  • Storytelling and Listening. ...
  • Sadness, Happiness, and Growing Up. ...
  • Family and Loss. ...
  • Openness, Friendship, and Community.

What happened in chapter 13 of the wave? ›

Summary: Chapter 13

At the football game against Clarkstown on Saturday, Laurie tries to enter the stands to join Amy, but Brad stops her, requesting The Wave salute. Laurie protests vigorously, but Brad insists that no one can enter without saluting.

What are the main events in Because of Winn-Dixie? ›

The main events in "Because of Winn-Dixie" are when Opal moves to Naomi, Florida; when she finds and adopts Winn-Dixie; when she makes friends with Gloria Dump; when Opal and Gloria plan a summer party; when Winn-Dixie runs away and Opal opens up to her dad about her feelings; and when they find WInn-Dixie and Opal ...

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