Friday, September 1, 2017

Author Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn Dixie


Ms. Kate DiCamillo
c/o Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street
Somerville, MA  02144

Dear Ms. Dicamillo,

My name is Matt Winick and I like to read some literature.  The main reason I like to read some literature is to learn about the character’s information including how they play a role and find symbolism in it. The symbolism in books that I like to look for is friendships, when society is filled with oppression that there can be people who can make a difference, how having too much power or greed can cause corruption, and many others.  Ms. Dicamillo, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I enjoyed reading your book Because of Winn-Dixie.

When I was young I use to read with my mom Because of Winn-Dixie. Also I used the audiobook version to help me comprehend on the story. In the book I really enjoyed the plot about a girl named Opal who moves with her father to a small town in Florida where she goes about adjust to meet new people and learn about life.  In the book I really like on how it covered some basic symbolisms like about the need for friendships, resolve conflicts between people, and that when life is sad or when a person faces tradegy that there can be some parts of life that are worth it.   Ms. Dicamillo, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Another thing that I struggle with a disability is when people push me away from social groups, get judgmental about me with disability, struggle to find people or friends who like me, and many others.  You and the book Because of Winn- Dixie really inspire me to work hard on my disability and learn the importance of friendships.

I strongly believe that you did an excellent job writing Because of Winn-Dixie. Also the book was fun to read and did have really great symbolisms about life with friendships. You along with the book really made a great impact on me to continue to be inspired to work hard on my disability and learn the need for friendships.   I was wondering if you could please share some advice about working hard on friendships when there are struggles or when you are different from other people, and take the time to answer some of my questions.   Here is a picture of me as a gift to you and $5 for you to use to donate to improve literature.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, writing Because of Winn-Dixie, and inspiring me.  I wish you well for the future and to continue to make literature have good symbolism.


Matt Winick

My Q+A sheet and Ms. DiCamillo took the time to answer some of my questions

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