Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chapter 12 Summary

On the morning Opal is scheduled to begin working at the pet store, she arrives so early the Closed sign is still on the door. But the door is unlocked, so she and Winn-Dixie go in. Once inside, Opal hears the most beautiful music she has ever heard. She sees that all the animals are out of their cages on the floor. Mice, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, lizards, and birds are all on the floor together, and Otis is standing in the middle of them playing his guitar. The animals appear to be entranced, and Winn-Dixie settles himself on the floor and becomes part of it. Gertrude the parrot screams, “Dog!” and flies over and perches on Winn-Dixie’s head. Otis looks up at Opal and stops playing his guitar, but when the music stops, the animals are roused from their spell and begin hopping and crawling around the store. Otis shouts for Opal to help him, and the two begin shoving animals back into cages. In the chaos, Opal thinks Otis must be some kind of snake charmer to be able to sway the animals with the sound of his guitar. Opal tells Otis that he should start playing again, and once the music starts, the animals fall back into...

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