In Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson takes us on a journey through the life of a boy in rural Virginia and how it is expanded when he befriends the new girl, Leslie. The lives of both Jess and Leslie change dramatically due to their relationship and after an untimely death of Leslie, the lives of many others in relationship to Jess who succumbs to the loss of his best friend change as well.
Two main settings for this book are; the rural Virginia and Terabithia. The setting is a rural area in the state of Virginia where the children live, work on the farm, and attend school. The issues of bullying, friendship, sibling, family are all of realistic value. It is not until Jess and Leslie build Terabithia out of their imaginations that the story becomes unrealistic, yet remains realistic as children often use their imaginations in this way.
This book rates five out of five. The story of friendship family, love and loss or major components of a book that can win the hearts of many young and old. Only forty years old, but I deem it a classic as it is timeless within its relatability in the past, present, and future.
For this book I would use a QAR reading strategy to build comprehension among the students. There are a lot of ideas, literary elements, vocabulary packaged within this book it would be beneficial to assist the students in unpacking it all or some of it based upon the maturity level. Providing questions for students to use pre- reading and then ignite discussion once the entire book or each chapter has been read.
In a classroom setting I believe a think aloud while reading the book to students to assist them with the overall comprehension of the story as the pictures in the book are black and white and difficult to see across a classroom.
Until next time…