Dogeared Page: Because of Winn-Dixie

Monday, May 19, 2014

I ate my Littmus Lozenge slow. It tasted good. It tasted like root beer and strawberry and something else I didn't have a name for, something that made me feel kind of sad. I looked over at Amanda. She was sucking on her candy and thinking hard. 

"Do you like it?" Miss Franny asked me. 

"Yes ma'am," I told her. 

"What about you Amanda? Do you like the Littmus Lozenge?"

"Yes ma'am," she said. "But it makes me think of things I feel sad about."

I wondered what in the world Amanda Wilkson had to feel sad about. She wasn't new to town. She had a mama and a daddy. I had seen them with her in church. 

"There's a secret ingredient in there," Miss Franny said. 

"I know it," I told her. "I can taste it. What is it?"

"Sorrow," Miss Franny said. "Not everyone can taste it. Children, especially, seem to have a hard time knowing it's there."

"I taste it," I said. 

- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


  1. Oh my gosh, I remember this book so well! I read it a loooong time ago, but I could never forget that cover. :)

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  2. I read that book over and over again as a kid! I love that you featured it.

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  3. I didn't grow up with this book, but I read some chapters out loud for story time when I was subbing once. Had to finish it during my lunch break!

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    1. That was me too; we read it in the class I student taught at. Her books The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane and The Tale of Desperoux and the The White Elephant are all great too.


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