Study Guide

Because of Winn-Dixie Love

By Kate DiCamillo


Sometimes, an injection of pure love is just what the doctor ordered for a suffering soul. And there are a lot of suffering souls in Because of Winn-Dixie. It's a good thing they have pure love in doggie form. Winn-Dixie's pure, confident, and altogether comical self makes him the perfect love cure. Thanks to him, people, animals, and even a planted tree start blooming on the inside and out. It's amazing what love can do.

Questions About Love

  1. Why were the preacher, Otis, Gloria, and Miss Franny unhappy? How did meeting Winn-Dixie change their lives?
  2. Was Winn-Dixie the only one who could make a difference in the lives of the characters? Without him, could Opal have had the same effect by herself?
  3. How does feeling loved change a person emotionally? What about physically?

Chew on This

Winn-Dixie alone has the qualities needed to break open the preacher's shell of personal anguish.

Gloria Dump's love made her a mother figure in Opal's life, opening the door for her to heal and show more love to others.

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