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What are the ten things about Opal's mother that her father tells her? Connect these ten things to the rest of Because of Winn-Dixie.

Opal's father tells her that her mother was funny, had red hair, liked to plant things, could run fast, couldn't cook, loved stories, knew all the constellations, hated being a preacher's wife, drank a lot, and loved her daughter very much. Having this list of facts helps Opal to become less shy and start conversations with potential friends.

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Opal's mother ran out on the family when Opal was just three years old. Naturally, she has no real memories of her mother, and so, on the occasion of her tenth birthday, she asked her father to tell her ten facts about her mother. Here's what she was told:

  1. Her mother had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh.
  2. She had red hair and freckles.
  3. She was great at planting things.
  4. She could run really fast.
  5. She couldn't cook at all.
  6. She loved good stories, especially ones that would make her laugh.
  7. She knew all the constellations.
  8. She didn't enjoy being a preachers wife, especially since she wasn't a good cook.
  9. She enjoyed drinking alcohol, often a little too much.
  10. Last but not least, Opal's mother loved her daughter very much.

These facts tie into the rest of the story because it is telling people about them that starts to win her new friends. With her confidence bolstered as a result of Winn-Dixie being by her side, she starts to break out of her shell of loneliness by talking to other...

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