Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo
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What lesson did Opal learn in Because of Winn-Dixie?

Opal learned that even though her mother abandoned her, her father still loves her and a dog named Winn-Dixie loves her. She also learns that she is brave enough to reach out and make new friends.

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Opal learns a variety of lessons about life and love. At the beginning, she is in a world of hurt, trying to understand why her mother left her and why her father won't talk about her mother. Being new in town, she also doesn't have any friends. She is in...

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Opal learns a variety of lessons about life and love. At the beginning, she is in a world of hurt, trying to understand why her mother left her and why her father won't talk about her mother. Being new in town, she also doesn't have any friends. She is in dire need of them.

By finding Winn-Dixie, a lovable canine, Opal's heart begins to open again. In time, she meets a variety of other people in town who are also lonely. Thanks to Winn-Dixie, Opal is able to open her heart to these people as well. As she gets closer to them, she learns what it means to be part of a community. Opal gets to know Miss Franny, who is alleged to be a witch, a shy man named Otis, who works at the pet store, and an old librarian called Miss Franny.

Later, when Opal throws a party for her new friends and thinks that Winn-Dixie has gone missing, she and her father finally talk to each other on a deep level. Opal learns that although her mother is not coming back, her father and friends love her. Beyond that, she has the potential to make new friends who will also love her.

In a nutshell, Opel learns that life in the aftermath of her mother's departure goes on. She is capable of making new friends even after what she's been through.

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