Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Bridge to Terabithia



Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson
Release Date: January 1, 1996
Publisher: Trumpet Club Special Edition
Pages: 143 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.



 
            Talk about a book that’s been on my TBR for over a decade now.  Literally.  I always said I was going to read this book, and I’ve seen the movie a couple times now.  When 2015 rolled around I made it a goal of mine to read a few classics this year, and Bridge to Terabithia was one of them. I was lucky enough to receive this book as a gift from my OTSP Secret Sis (thank you!) last month, and I had some down time to read it.  For anyone like me who’s been telling themselves they’re going to read this for years now, and failing to do so, I highly recommend buying it/renting it from your local library!  It’s such a short read (and only middle grade level of reading) so you will fly through it!
            Bridge to Terabithia reminds me of my childhood.  Playing make-believe outside, and dreaming up magical places was always a favorite thing of mine when I was younger.  I think that’s often the case for many people who read!  Our imaginations get the best of us!  I think that’s one of the reasons I loved this book so much.  It was cute and enchanting!  I really enjoyed the story of how Jess meets Leslie, the new kid to town, who is immediately an outcast at her school, beause she’s different than the rest of the kids (imagine telling your teacher you have no tv at home, in front of all your classmates).  At first Jess is hesitant to be her friend. I think that’s primarily because she beat him and all the other boys in their races at recess, something Jess had been training for all summer since the end of last school year!  He wanted to be the fastest runner at school, and when he invites Leslie to race with them, I don’t think he was expecting her to be any sort of competition for them.  She sure proved him wrong though!  I loved the representation of girls in this book!  Just goes to show that sports aren’t dominated by the boys! 
            The idea of Terabithia is Leslie’s, after her and Jess start hanging out more after school.  It’s mostly her imagination that spurs them on, when she invents fake battles for them, in which Jess and Leslie (the King and Queen of Terabithia) fight off intruders and eat snacks in their fortress.  I loved that Paterson talked about their home lives as well.  For Jess, his family is a little less than ideal, and he is the only boy out of his siblings.  Although his family isn’t terrible, he does have issues with them, and I loved that Paterson wrote a story in which the kids use their imagination to escape their real lives for a few hours each day.  I thought this was  a great lesson, especially for middle-age readers coping with their own problems at home and in school.
            Overall, this was a great read, and one that I’m finally glad I’m able to say I’ve read after all these years!  Thanks again OTSP Secret Sis for sending me this!

 Emily

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