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Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 7 Summary
Here's the story: When Miss Franny was a little girl, her dad (Herman W. Block) was a rich man and told her she could have whatever her heart desired for her birthday. So she asked for a library (remember, her daddy had some serious moolah). Well, Daddy MoreBucks got it for her. The Herman W. Block Memorial Library was born, with little Miss Franny as the librarian. What does this have to do with a bear? Miss Franny was young a long time ago, back when Florida was wild. She claims there were not only wild animals, but also wild men and women. Geico caveman commercial moment. Okay, we're done. Back to the book. One day she was sitting in her library and saw a shadow cross her desk. Without looking up, she asked how she could help. The shadow thing didn't answer, so she thought it must be some kind of wild person, until a nasty stench reached her nostrils. She looked up into the face of a humongous bear—and we don't mean the friendly Yogi kind. What did she do? She decided to fight back, of course. After all, she's the one telling the story—not the bear. She took her book, War and Peace , screamed at Humongous Non-Yogi Bear, and hurled the book right at him. He left, but not empty-pawed—because War and Peace never came back. And of course, a bear reading War and Peace provided plenty of jokes in the years following. Everyone else who knows about Humongous Literate Bear is now dead. That part of the story makes Miss Franny sad. And Opal, too. Winn-Dixie will have none of such sadness, so he smiles at Miss Franny, who smiles back, and Opal offers to be friends. Miss Franny smiles more when she agrees. Enter pinch-faced Amanda Wilkinson. Ignoring Opal, Little Miss Snotty Pants comes into the library, asks (snottily) for a book, and asks (even more snottily) if dogs are allowed. "A select few," Miss Franny replies as she winks at Opal and walks away with Amanda (7.34). Yea! A new friend! Opal is ecstatic.
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