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Bridge to Terabithia Paperback – Student Edition, 1996
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Winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children.
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This book can be used in the classroom to analyze coming of age, wealth disparities, imagination of the mind, how to cope with bullying, and how to deal with emotions involving death as well. It can bring up these issues for good conversation among students. It has won a Newbery Award for these themes and issues as well, creating authentic reading for students and even adults. I believe this book has become so popular for its realistic meaning in the classroom. Students can read it and grasp some of these different themes and areas of issue, maybe even relating to them.
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.
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What I liked: The Characters, Jess and Leslie are very lovable and easy to...Read more