Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Patterson
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Publisher / Date: Harper Collins / 1987
Genre: Children's Novels, Fiction
Themes: friendship, loss, family, rural life, imagination, tragedy
Summary: Jess and new girl, Leslie become quick friends, despite the fact that she can out run him. They spend afternoons together in their part of rural Virginia, known only to them as the imaginary land of Terabithia. When tragedy takes his new friend away from him, Jess must learn to cope with loss and eventually honors his friend by introducing his little sister to the land of Terabithia. 
Curriculum Connections: Grades 3-5: Language Arts: Vocabulary Builders; Author's Purpose; Leisure Reading; Realistic Fiction
Notes: This story provides a very real look at friendship and loss (death). This theme may not be appropriate for younger readers. 
Free Discussion Guide for Bridge to Terabithia from Scholastic
Note from the author, Katherine Patterson, provided by Scholastic
Vocabulary Builder Activities to go along with the book by Scholastic
Extension Activities to go along with the book by Scholastic

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