Bridge to Terabithia (Movie Tie-in)

Katherine Paterson
Now a major motion picture, discover the beloved Newbery Medal-winning story of Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Join Jess and Leslie as they form an unlikely friendship and create the imaginary land of Terabithia. There they rule as king and queen, until a terrible tragedy occurs that helps Jess understand just how much he has learned from Leslie.


Reviewed: 2016-09-27
"Bridge to Terabithia" tells the story of two unpromising best friends, Jess and Leslie and their journey of the creation of their own magical land they like to call, Terabithia. Throughout this Newbery Award Winning novel, Jess and Leslie experience all sorts of different types of obstacles when facing creatures in their world across the creek in the words, where the two friends spend most of their time. Terabithia becomes the place where not only could they escape their own reality for a while and avoid their less-than-perfect homelife, but also strengthens their hardships they both experience every day. Through the magical bond of Jess and Leslie's friendship, the reader gets a deeper look into what creates a substantial friendship, through both good times and bad, as well as a much greater perspective on how Terabithia changes their lives forever. Learning from the book, the reader will recognize the use of voice and tone in a written work as well as how to create a clear depiction of a moment through writing. As a teacher, lessons can focus on the creative writer's craft with tasks such as creating a moment in text, the use of voice and tone, and depicting emotion through the use of character interaction and how to get that same reaction from the reader.
Reviewed: 2016-09-13
"Bridge to Terabithia" is a great read for young teens as it introduces themes of coming of age, self-identity, strengthening relationships, and death. This story is truly inspiring as it teaches readers the power of friendship and how it causes individuals to overcome obstacles that will test their friendship, to only prove that their love for one another is genuine. Full of fantasy, humor, drama, and suspense, this story is a fantastic read for individuals who like mystery and action as Jesse and Leslie create their own world of Terabithia. What I learned by reading this novel is that it is important to be yourself and to find your true self. Although this can be done solely, it can also be done through a friendship. By spending time with another person, it can help a person feel not only comfortable, but also encouraged to just be themselves in which ultimately leads to happiness. The way that I would teach this book is that I would introduce the themes of friendship, coming of age, individuality, and gender roles throughout reading the story in class and at home for homework, and I'd have students fill out a "Building Relationships" worksheet throughout reading the novel. I would use this while teaching the novel so that students can see how the various relationships between characters change throughout the course of the novel due to specific events in accordance to the actions of others and what's happening around them. This will help show students that relationships between individuals can change at any time in a persons live and with this change comes important lessons.
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