Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chapter 21 Summary

Gloria and Opal spend the entire afternoon preparing for the party. They make egg salad sandwiches without the crusts and put toothpicks in them to make them look fancy. Winn-Dixie sits in the kitchen the whole time wagging his tail and watching them work. Winn-Dixie smiles at Gloria, trying to persuade her to give him some food. When she thinks Opal is not watching, Gloria slips the dog a sandwich. Gloria and Opal also make “Dump Punch,” a mixture of orange juice, grapefruit juice, and soda. Gloria says she is famous for the drink, but Opal has never heard of it before. The last thing they do in preparation is decorate the yard. Opal strings yellow, pink, and orange crepe paper streamers in the trees. They also put candles around the yard. Opal thinks that Gloria’s yard looks like a fairyland when it is finished. The beauty of it makes Opal’s heart feel full, and she wishes her mother could be there to see it.

Miss Franny Block is the first to arrive at the party. She is not in her usual clothing—she wears a shimmery green silk dress and high heels that make her wobble as she walks. She has a big bowl of Littmus Lozenges...

(The entire section is 424 words.)