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Bridge to Teribithia (original 1977; edition 2007)

by Katherine Paterson; Illustrator-Donna Diamond

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Title:Bridge to Teribithia
Authors:Katherine Paterson; Illustrator-Donna Diamond
Info:HarperEntertainment (2007), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:verry sad, magical, death, very good frendship

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

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Katherine Patterson does a wonderful job illustrating how a child deals with death when his friend suffers a terrible accident. The book is about a boy from the country who meets a peculiar girl from the city that recently moved to the country. They become best friends and create an imaginary world name Terabithia. The story is very well written and one is able to experience the emotions that Jess is going through with the death of her friend. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 6, 2014 |
The story begins with Jess training himself to be the fastest racer in fifth grade. When school began a girl named Leslie stole his spot he worked so hard for. Ironically, Jess and Leslie became best friends, ones that would stick up for one another. Leslie has a huge imagination and takes Jess to an imaginary world named "Terabithia." However, Jess is forced to explore Terabithia on his own after a tragic accident.
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I remember this story as a child, it changed me as it was my first encounter with death. The book really draws the reader in and takes them along for the ride. It is easy to feel the pain Jess feels at the death of his friend. It is easy to relate to him during his tribulations with his siblings and parents. The book deals with some of the most heavy topics, and handles them quite eloquently.
Class Extension Ideas
1. Have the kids write a journal entry about their Imaginative land.
2. Have them illustrate a picture of their land.
3. Discuss ways the children can stand up to bully's with their words, and showing kindness to the individual being bullied.
  copeland86 | Jul 19, 2014 |
It was a so-so read. I read it because it was made into a movie and from what little bits and pieces that I'd seen of it, it looked good. However, the movie dramatization was better -- and perhaps necessary, as well, as I found the book storyline to be rather plain. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
Jess Aaron’s is a 10 year old boy that will be going into the fifth grade. He has been practicing all summer to be the fastest runner in fifth grade. He is the only boy in his family. He sees people moving in the old Perkins Place. On the first day of school, a new classmate arrives who becomes the fastest runner in fifth grade. It is Lelie Burke, a girl, and all the boys are very upset about a girl beating them. After Jess gets accepts her beating him in the race they become great friends. They create a world called “Treabithia,” which they go to everyday after school. One rainy day Jess goes to Washington with his music teacher to see the museums. When he returns home his family tells him there has been a terrible tragedy. He has a hard time coming to grips with the tragedy.
I remember reading this book as a child and how sad it was. But reading it as an adult, there is a lot more going on in the book. Jess lives in the country on a farm with his family. Jess and Leslie create “Terabithia” in the forest behind their homes. Jess has conflict throughout the story with his parents and sister. Leslie has conflict with Jess and some of the children at school. This story shows the different stages of grief one goes through. It is from Jess point of view.
I would have the students draw or paint a “Terabithia” that represent them. I would have the children write about a loss of someone or a pet.
  embarnes | Jul 10, 2014 |
I never read this book in my childhood, but I wished I had. Such meaning packed into so few words, and so many "life lessons", if you will. A true coming-of-age tale that's both heartbreaking and endearing. ( )
  Stormydawnc | Jun 23, 2014 |
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Valerie O. Patterson (Children's Literature)
Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr. practices all summer so that he can be the fastest runner in his rural Virginia fifth-grade class. Despite his practice, however, he loses the race on the first day of school to Leslie Burke, the new girl in school whose hippy parents have moved from Washington, DC. Despite Jesse’s lost running dream, he becomes fast friends with Leslie. Together they build the imaginary kingdom of Terabitia in the woods. To Jesse, Leslie is “more than his friend. She was his other more exciting self--his way to Terabithia and all the worlds beyond.” When Jesse’s favorite teacher takes him to see the art museums in Washington one rainy day, he returns home to find his world permanently changed by tragedy--Leslie’s death. Despite his heartache, Jesse moves forward, a stronger and more whole individual for his friendship with Leslie. Written by the author for her then young son whose best friend was killed by lightning, this Newbery Medal winner moves the heart and spirit with its beautiful writing, wrenching honesty, and hopeful ending. 2005 (orig. 1977), HarperCollins, $5.99. Ages 9 to 12.
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Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children's literature about two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom. Paterson drew inspiration for the novel from a real event that occurred in August 1974 when a friend of Paterson's son was struck by lightning and killed. It is the story of fifth grader Jess Aarons, who becomes friends with his new neighbour Leslie Burke. After meeting Leslie, Jess is transformed. He becomes courageous and learns to let go of his frustration.
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The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changes his life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like any girls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliation of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay.

Despite their superficial differences, it's clear that Jess and Leslie are soul mates. The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castle is by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here they reign as king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and the walking dead, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against the schoolmates who tease them. Jess and Leslie find solace in the sanctuary of Terabithia until a tragedy strikes and the two are separated forever. In a style that is both plain and powerful, Katherine Paterson's characters will stir your heart and put a lump in your throat.

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The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

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