Bridge to TERABITHIA
By: Katherine Patterson
Two lives are bridged- and nothing will be the same.
That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't mater to Jess that Leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.
A Poem of Freedom
who ran like the wind
He was the fastest in his grade
but to his amaze this was only a trend.
There was this girl named Leslie
who ran as fast as light traveled
When she ran it was so soft, delicate, & elegant
unlike the heavy feet of the boys who smashed gravel.
The boy's name was Jess
who was as structured as chess.
he worked at all times so he didn't get any rest
causing him to be an emotional mess.
Leslie came along and showed him independence
& with independence came beauty
Beauty as alacritic as the moon,
beauty as strong as a monsoon.
She showed him so much &
filled his life with purpose.
She made him believe in himself
& now he wasn't nervous.
Together they became the founders of Terabithia.
the kings and queens
of the perfect place
only found in your wildest dreams.
With all partnerships there comes tragedy.
Leslie lost her life
& her freedom was passed on abundantly
to Jess who at that time didn't appreciate it because of such strife.
He was blessed with the beauty of confidence now.
He became stronger somehow
& his imagination blossomed like a flower
due to the vast determination that was carried by Leslie in her last hour.