There are a few books I distinctly remember reading as assigned reading in middle school, Bridge to Terabithia* is one of those books. From what I’ve been reading about this book, it’s one everyone remembers if they were assigned to read Bridge to Terabithia*. The thing is, I can’t talk about why it’s so memorable because that’s the big climax at the end of the story. I have been eagerly looking forward to reading and watching Bridge to Terabithia with my kids for a book and a movie night.
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What’s Bridge to Terabithia about?
Jess Aarons has been looking forward to being the fastest kid in school all summer, but once the school year starts a new kid has moved to their small town school who is faster than him, and to make matters worse it’s a girl! However over the school year the two form a strong friendship as the two outcasts, and they learn about friendship, imagination, and growing up in this classic coming of age story.
**I would strongly recommend reading this book before assigning it to your children. There are some sad and traumatic events in the book, and you need to be prepared to talk about it. These events were part of what I wanted to talk about with my kids. I love this awesome review on Amazon, it captures how I felt rereading it as an adult.
I’ll say the movie does a great job of capturing the feel of the book, but I did spend the last 20 minutes insisting on cuddling my kiddos as we watched it, and bawling my eyes out.
Bridge to Terabithia movie night snacks
We watched Bridge to Terabithia on Netflix, but just in case it’s rotated off, you can pick up the Bridge to Terabithia DVD for $5 on Amazon.
- pencils- I melted chocolate chips* and dipped pretzel sticks* in them
- bridge to Terabithia- pretzels sticks with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter* drizzle over them. They were delicious, but messy
- buckets- mini peanut butter cups*
- sneakers- Nutter Butters* with icing for laces
- Jess’ drawings- frosted animal crackers*
- rope swing- liccorice*
- magic leaves- maple leaf cookies (SO YUMMY, but it looks like this is local to HEB, so I’ll have to look up an alternative)
Ready for some more movie night ideas?
Head over to iHomeschool Network’s a Movie and a Big Idea, there are movies for all sorts of ages and tastes, from more literature inspired ones like this to some history ones I added in, and just general movie fun.