I read this book the first time as a grade-schooler. I loved it, I loved how it didn't lie to me and how it didn't pretty things up. I loved the purity of it. I searched for it for years and finally found it again (I was incredibly surprised that so few book-store employees had never heard of it!) in my twenties. It took me back to the first time I read it and I enjoyed it just as much as an adult as I did when I was younger. I highly recommend this book and have even gone so far as to buy and send copies of it to friends and relatives since finding it again.
One day while bored near the holidays, I, at 37 years old (adult kids with no grandkids), watched this movie. I loved it. Being a member of PBS , I decided to read this children's book. I am so glad I did. Don't ever think you are to old to read a child/young adult/pre teen book! I almost missed out on one of the best books I have ever read!
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read. It's a powerful, yet simple, story about friendship, life, and finding your place in the world. Despite being an award winner, this book is frequently banned - do yourself a favor and fight censorship by reading this wonderful tale!
An older Newberry-award winning children's novel published in 1960, I think, about a fifth-grade boy named Jesse who wants nothing more than to be the fastest runner in his class, and his new neighbor Leslie, who (even though she's a girl) beats him handily in a race. They become fast friends in spite of it, and spend hours in the fields and forests across the creek near their houses, in a make-believe world Leslie has named Terabithia. Fifth grade leaves some hard lessons to be learned for Jesse. I loved this book--very heartwarming, gut-wrenching story of growing up and learning to deal with the curve balls life throws at you.
Very good book, although not as good as all the hype suggests. I don't believe the ending unhappy, it is just closer to real life where not everyone lives happily ever after, but no matter what we learn from it.
I suppose that, as a literary work, this book is well-written, and it was interesting up to a point, but I was greatly disappointed in the ending. Probably there will be many readers who feel differently, but I happen to dislike the modern tendency to think that just because real kids have painful experiences, it is good for children's fiction to have sad or even grim endings. I would rather they have a pleasant experience. The real world is bad enough.
I remember reading this back in elementary school (or middle school, I'm not sure which), and it is a book that sticks with me to this day. If you are looking for book that will help a young person cope with death and loss in a sincere and non-placating way, than this is the book for you. Plus, this book continues to show up on lists of books people try to get banned from school and public libraries, so you know it has to be worth reading. A must for any child's growth reading.
I read this book back in middle school and the story has stuck with me ever since. It tells a story of a beautifully developed friendship and the magical world they have created across the bridge. Anybody who had a big imagination as a kid will be able to appraciate this story.
This book fascinated me as a kid. I hadn't read many books where the characters' lives were so different from my own, but had the same fantasies (of a faraway land abiding by their rules) and activities (poking around in creeks, as opposed to being sucked through time for a magical adventure) as I did. And in the end, it still makes me cry.
Bridge To Terabithia is a good book for children and young adults. While being based around a child's experiences and troubles, it still maintains a good plot and semi-sophisticated dialogue that makes it good for everyone. It was more sad than I had originally expected, but it makes for an excellent story. This book also includes the original sketches for some characters and places.
Very well written story about a fifth grade boy and girl who become best friends and create an imaginary world as their sacred place. The story does take a sad turn, but it also depicts a real picture of what it is like to experience friendship love and loss. The loss is expressed very well, particularly the symbolism at the end as the main character discovers his way of integrating his two worlds and coming to peace with his grief.
I read this book in elementary school for the first time, and many times since. It is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend you read it, or give it to your children if they experience the death of a friend. The movie was good, but it didn't quite do justice to the book itself.