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Bridge to Terabithia Paperback – May 2, 2017
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Paterson's Newbery-winning novel becomes an entertaining and dramatic audiobook via Leonard's accomplished reading. Jess Aarons is eager to start fifth grade. He's been practicing his sprints all summer, determined to become the fastest runner at school. All seems to be on track, until the new girl in class (who also happens to be Jess's new next-door neighbor), Leslie Burke, leaves all the boys in the dust, including Jess. After this rather frustrating introduction, Jess and Leslie soon become inseparable. Together, they create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope. But one morning a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever. Leonard deftly interprets the strands of humor, realism and heart-wrenching emotion woven into Paterson's fine tale. His careful and authentic handling of Jess's anger and grief in the aftermath of the accident is sure to touch listeners. Contemporary instrumental interludes featuring guitar, piano and drums signal the beginning and end of each tape side. Ages 9-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I’m sixty years old and list only five movies on my Facebook page as my great favorites, and this is one of them. I can’t think of any other movies that took me to all the extremes of emotion: anger, sadness, joy, love and to the point of tears with all of them. I suggest having a box of tissues as you watch. The story includes fantasy, but Real fantasy—the imaginations of kids, the kind you had, if you were normal. The story is of a pre-adolescent boy and girl from very different cultures, but next-door neighbors. The point-of-view is from the boy as he lives his semi-typical life. Not a great life, but like that of millions of kids here in the USA. Then he meets his new neighbor who teaches him to have a different way of thinking.
The struggles of childhood are a constant battle for every child in today’s society, especially when making new friends as an outsider. “Leslie was more than his friend. She was his other, more exciting self - his way to Terabithia and all the worlds beyond (69).” Jess and Leslie’s bond continues to grow through the story, especially as Leslie discovers that Jess is his “other, more exciting self”. Paterson uses this phrase to help establish a theme of the two children’s friendship and bond that has created a magical world of Terabithia. Their friendship exuberates how the two children thrive off each other’s differences and creativity, which helps the interpretation of the book’s theme of friendship.
Although Bridge to Terabithia embraces the friendship of Jess and Leslie, the book also poses the issue of gender roles. Both characters have qualities that are unique and some may consider inappropriate. Also, some may view friendships between a girl and boy not suitable to teach children; however, friendships come in many forms that in the end shine through in Bridge to Terabithia.
Paterson, Katherine, and Donna Diamond. Bridge to Terabithia. New York: Harper Trophy, 2003. Print.
As a Newberry award winner, this heart wrenching novel explicitly confirms the requirement of possessing an interpretable theme. Most notably, readers mention the book’s themes of friendship, loss, and childhood; however, other significant themes, including individuality, can be found within the beautifully composed piece of literature. Jess feels pressure from his father and his peers to behave in a masculine manner, and do ‘normal’ boy activities such as watch the Redskins on television; however, Jess would rather draw or run freely. As the text describes, “…he had enough brains to know that if he said drawing, everyone would laugh at him” (Paterson 33). In a world full of conformists, free spirits such as Leslie and Miss Edmunds inspire Jess to look beyond normalcy and do whatever makes him happy. Because this book includes the free-spirited, hippie mindset, it became recognized as controversial. Similarly to the book, society does not adhere well to outsiders and free thinkers.
Some of the themes that it deals with are:
1. Rejection/ Outcast status at school;
4. Rural/ Countryside life.
The whole thing only took me a couple of hours to read from start to finish, and I found no single objectionable thing that would make it such that I would not allow my son to read this book; Indeed, I will encourage him to read this book when he is old enough to read.
This author has also written the book Jacob Have I Loved, which was also a Newberry award winner.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
But then, Jess meets his new neighbor Leslie, the girl who will turn his world upside down.
At first glance, Leslie is just plain weird—a pants-wearing, TV-less girl who runs with the boys and makes up wild stories. After a while, though, the inevitable friendship between the two blossoms and they become inseparable. Together, they form the kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place that belongs just to them where they can be free of school bullies and tough parents and let their imaginations and creativity rule the day.
Jess and Leslie are king and queen, and nothing can stop them…until the unthinkable happens.
Treat yourself and your children to an absolutely heart-wrenching, beautiful story of friendship, imagination, and life after loss that will stick with you forever after.
Bridge to Terabithia is the recipient of the 1978 Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children, and it has inspired the 2007 feature film of the same name.
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