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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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I love this chapter book. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. The character development in this book is very detailed and strong. In the beginning of the book, Jesse is a kid who likes to stay out of trouble. He keeps his imagination capped at all times. When Leslie shows up, he becomes a completely different person. He allows himself to become more adventurous (swinging across the river), more caring (getting the dog for Leslie and the Barbie for May Belle), and more compassionate in general.
Another reason why I love this book is because of the imagery. The way the author describes Leslie’s imagination when they are in Terebithia is amazing. I love the way Jesse says that Leslie truly speaks like a queen whenever they swing into their kingdom and how he is never able to speak that eloquently. Overall, this book is amazing.
The main idea in this book is a few things. First, always be true to yourself. Second, don’t let people define you, but do let them evolve you for the better. Last, you can come out of a bad situation stronger than you went into it. ( )
  lmalak1 | Apr 16, 2014 |
Summary: This book is about a young boy who seems to be sad most of the time. He sees where his sisters are closer to their father than he is and he wants to be closer to his dad. He does a lot of chores around the house to help his mom one day while he was milking the cow he noticed a girl sitting watching him milk. This girl is Leslie her family moves into a farm just down the road. Her family is from Arlington and they have some money her parents are writers. Leslie and Jess become best friends and together they create an imaginary world called Terabithia. There they are their own rulers they face all their fears and joys together in this place they call Terabithia. One day Jess goes on a trip to an art museum and while he is gone something terrible happens to his friend Leslie. He comes home to the news that she drowned in the river they crossed every time they went to Terabithia. Jess mourns for his best friend and in the process he decides to take his little sister to the place he shared with Leslie and his sister loved it. Together they continue living on in their own magical world that is Terabithia.

Reaction: I read this book for the first time in middle school and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much that I watched the movie a few years ago I enjoyed that as well however they are a little different. I like the idea that if you just use your imagination that you can create anything you want. And all it takes is just the imagination and you can be a king or queen or a world famous artist.

1 This might be a good tool to use for children who are picked on like Leslie was about not having a TV. Idea would be teaching on friendships.
2 Possibly a geography lesson the children could draw some place they would like to visit or even draw a place they possible have dreamed up.
3 I would probably use this also to teach on over coming your fears Jess was afraid of the areas in the woods where Terabithia was created.
  VictoriaHernandez | Apr 7, 2014 |
Author: Katherine Paterson
Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
191 pages
Literary Genre: Realistic Fiction
In this story it's about a boy and a girl that are in the same class and they become best friends and they invent this magical place called Terabithia in a tree. One day the boy went with his teacher to an art museum and when he got back his family told him that his best friend (Leslie) had died. The rest of the story is about how he deals with his loss.
Depending what you like to read would determine whether I would recommend this book to you or not. If you enjoy reading about magical things but also sad things then I would say you would like this book.
  MaeghanS | Mar 31, 2014 |
Summary: Bridge to Terabithia is about a fifth grade boy who is very sad most of the time and is depressed that he is not as close with his father as his sisters or as respected by his father as he wants to be. He becomes best friends with a girl who makes him happy and they create a magical place called Terabithia where they rule all. While Jess is on a trip with his teacher, the girl dies in the water in the woods. Eventually, after his mourning, Jess takes his little sister to the magical place and she loves him for it.

Personal Reaction: I loved this story and was very emotional when reading it. I did not expect the adventure to be as great as it was, and definitely did not want Leslie to pass away.was surprise by my emotional reaction to Leslie's death and Jess's reaction. This will show the children that it is okay to have a place to go to feel safe, or to be sad when someone passes away.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Students could draw a picture of a magical place they create in their head.
2. Students could write a letter about someone they love that they miss a lot. ( )
  KendraAdams | Mar 26, 2014 |
This book is about a boy named Jesse who is a bit of a loner. When Leslie moves next door to Jesse she breaks him out of his shell. I liked this book. I had seen the movie prior to reading it but, the book was even better. The author did a great job with connecting the reader to the character. Jesse was a boy who needed help with expressing himself to the world and i think that is a relatable trait for some children his age. Jesse was also imaginative to himself and then he was able to express himself when Leslie moved next door. ( )
  BaileyR | Mar 25, 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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