Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bridge to Terabithia (1978)

I read this book in almost one sitting. Snuggled up in bed it was started before I turned off the light and finished the next morning. As an adult I really related to this book. As far as our children are concerned we may need to reflect upon the purpose of education. In my view it is about forming people who, however academically and technically skilful, are not reduced to inarticulate embarrassment by the great questions of life and death, meaning and truth. This book addresses the ‘big
questions of life and death, meaning and truth’ in the context of a childhood friendship. Yes, it is soul achingly sad …. yet few of us are untouched from grief in life ... I would highly recommend this book to be read and shared by children and caring adults everywhere.


BookGal said...

I've posted comments about this book before. I adore it, and love teaching it. I had a marvelous experience using it with a group of 4th graders. As we did the final literature circle where we had to discuss the ending and it's aftermath, one of the students broke down in tears and discussed the recent death of a beloved uncle to AIDS. The book helped her express her grief. That's the power of good children's literature.

Juliette said...

I couldn't agree more and thanks for commenting. PLease would you let me know what age 4th graders are as I am British and don't know your system too well? Thanks Julie