Because of Winn-Dixie began as a popular children’s novel before it was adapted into film, produced by Walden Media. Both the original book and the film center around a young girl who sparks an unlikely friendship with a scruffy stray dog who changes her life. The original book one several awards and is one of the best selling children’s novels of 2000. The film, although is received mixed reviews, was also a modest success at the box office. The following is everything you need to know about Because of Winn-Dixie—the novel, the book, and the dog behind them both.
The original book, also titled Because of Winn-Dixie, was written by Katie DiCamillo. It was awarded a Newbery Honor medal in 2001; in 2000, it won the Josette Frank Awards and in 2003, it was awarded the Mark Twain Award. The book is an exceptionally popular children’s novel and was among the “Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children” in 2007.
The movie starred rare Picardy Shepherds
The breed of Winn-Dixie is never explicilty stated in the book; he is merely described as looking “scruffy.” In the film, however, the decision was made to cast Berger Picards (or Picardy Shepherds) to play Winn-Dixie. Picardy-Shepherds are a relaltively rare breed who originate in France; the breed nearly became exctinct during the 20th century due to the world wars.
The book and the film have differences
Although the basic storyline of the book was included in the film, there are some differences between the two. In the book, Opal’s father gives her a list of 10 different things about her mother, which gives Opal a better idea of her mother’s personality and why her mother left them. In the movie, the list is not discussed, and the reasos for her leaving are only implied.
Another change in the film was the inclusion of a new character, the landlord who does not like dogs. This character does not exist in the book, but in the film he is used as an antognoist who wants the dog to be removed from the premises, only to warm up to Winn-Dixie by the end of the film.
Another difference is the introduction of Winn-Dixie. In the book, Opal finds him making trouble at a grocery store; in the film, Opal finds Winn-Dixie after praying that she will make a friend.
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