Reviewed by Melanie Evarts
Bridge to Terabithia by
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Published by Thomas Y. Crowell
Company, June 1987
|Grade level: 5th|
|The content of this book can be read by a fifth
grade student because they can relate to the friendship within the story.
This story is about a very strong friendship between a young boy and girl.
They always play together and they are friends even though the girl was
looked at differently in school, her friend is her friend no matter what. At
the end of the story one of the children die and the author goes through the
life of the one who was left without their friend and all the emotions and
things that they feel. The emotions and reactions to various things in life
after the loss of someone close to you as portrayed in this book are very
accurate to real life. A fifth grader reading this book will relate to the
strong friendship, and if they have not had to experience death in their
life yet, they are learning about it, and this book will help them to learn
about it. The story is very realistic, it seems that it could very well have
happened in America. I would encourage any fifth grader to read this story.
Slow readers would be able to read this story easily as well, it is very
fast reading and no difficult words. This would be one of the kinds of
stories to read aloud to a class if you had the time to devote to it daily.
Reading this book would bring a lot of discussion about acceptance and
friendship as well as death. These are all issues that every child needs to
work through at some time in their life, and discussing it would be very
helpful to the students. Throughout this book the Lord's name is used
inappropriately and church is represented in a way that is not
characteristic of a church. This is a must read, even for adults, and I
think especially for teachers who have not experienced death close to them.
It would help teachers be able to work with children who do experience
losses in their classrooms.|
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