Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chapter 4 Summary

Opal, her father, and Winn-Dixie settle on the couch, and the preacher proceeds to tell Opal ten things about her mother. The first is that Opal’s mother could make anyone laugh. Second, she had red hair and freckles. Opal asks whether her own red hair and freckles are like her mother’s, and her father says they are. Third, Opal’s mother liked to plant things; the preacher jokes that Opal’s mother could plant a tire in the ground and grow a car. At this, Winn-Dixie chews on his paw, and Opal taps him to make him stop. Fourth, Opal’s mother was a fast runner, and one could not let her get a head start unless he surely wanted to be the loser in the race. Opal is also a fast runner. Back in Watley, she beat a boy named Liam Fullerton in a race, but because he was a sore loser, he claimed that boys and girls should not race each other. Fifth, Opal’s mother was a really bad cook who could not boil water or even open a can of beans. She also did not know what to do with meat. When the preacher gets to six, he rubs his nose and looks up at the ceiling, and then he tells Opal that her...

(The entire section is 422 words.)