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review 2017-08-22 13:58
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

I am really torn about this book.

I absolutely loved the descriptions in the first half of the book. Even when there wasn't much happening, it was wonderful to watch Jess and Leslie's friendship grow as they made the world of Terabithia together.

However, that "terrible tragedy" that the back cover warned you about...

Now I've seen the movie and I knew what was going to happen. But I still don't really think it was done well. <spoiler> For anyone that doesn't know, Leslie dies. This was upsetting for me, but the real reason it bugged me so much was that Leslie dies so that Jess can see what a wonderful person she helped him become. That is the reason. That is why she died, to further the story of the male character. Talk about refrigerating. I think I could have handled Leslie's death if it was wasn't for the sole reason of advancing Jess's character. Not only that, but Leslie's character just kind of fades away. She just dies and that's it. Jess is upset, but looks on the bright side. I'm glad he's a better person and everything, but I think there was a more reasonable and responsible was to handle writing Leslie's death. <spoiler>

Also, this book was written in the 70's so the views of violence are a bit lax in comparison to today's standards. I think this is important for young readers to know going in, especially with Janice Avery's story line.

So I'm still kind of up in the air about this one. The beginning half was definitely 4 stars, but that ending just didn't feel right to me, which bumped it down to 3.

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review 2017-04-08 05:04
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a wonderful book about two young children who create a magical land just for the tow of them to escape to. They are picked on in school and aren't exactly the best at fitting in with the other kids but their differences and love of imagination bring them close together. Although the story has a sad ending, I think the message of imagination and life being what you make it is very evident throughout the book. I would use this when  having my students write a text about a magical land they wood escape to if they could. I would have  allaying sheet present for them to plan the characters, setting, plot, etc. Once the planning page is complete, they would transfer it over to writing a text using those details. I would rte this book a three and a half out of five stars and it is listed as an 810L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-04-08 02:37
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia is about a boy and a girl, Jesse and Leslie who become best friends and together create wild kingdom. Jesse and Leslie have very different interests, but the two stick together like glue through everything, even when faced by a bully. This novel portrays relatable characteristics of friendship, and a father-son relationship through Jesse and his father.

 

I would read this novel in a fifth grade class room (Reading Level 4.6) and have my students describe each of the main characters and how they are different, and tell how the characters "cross the bridge", finding similarities between the characters and how they work together.

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review 2017-04-06 20:45
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Lexile Level: 810L

This exciting thriller is about a young boy named Jess who meets the best friend of his life, Leslie. They create their own world together and they are the rulers of their kingdom. But one day when Leslie tries to go to their world alone, there is a devastating tragedy and Jess is left heartbroken. I would read this to my class as a read-aloud during free time.

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review 2017-03-31 00:58
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

I read this book when I was younger and enjoyed getting to read a book about true friendship. This book highlights two best friends and their journey together. It kept me closely engaged throughout the whole book because there is so many details in it. I think this book would be best fit for intermediate or middle school (4th-8th grade). The lexile level of this book is 810L. An activity I would use in the classroom would be creating a "bridge" of the plot. Students would write the setting, key details, and characters on this bridge that leads up to the climax of the book. This would be a good comprehension check and fun for the students to create too. They could color their bridges when they get finished.

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