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The classic childhood novel Bridge To Terabithia portrays the universal thrills and chills of preadolescence using characters that kids would want to have as their own best friends. Disney's adaptation, just released on DVD, does this story justice. Jess, short on money but long on artistic talent, is the only boy in a family of silly girls, excepting Maybelle, and she's too young to understand him. Along comes Leslie, a city girl who moves to Jess's rural neck of the woods, and they strike up a friendship. The two find a secret tree house in the woods and create a magical land called Terabithia, where tree trunks grow feet, and squirrels turn into furry guerrilla warriors. Childhood must end and in this film, it does -- literally, when Leslie accidentally dies (fortunately, this takes place off screen). To honor Leslie's memory, Jess makes Terabithia live on through his little sister Maybelle, crowning her princess and introducing her to the kingdom of her own imagination.
Forests and woodlands are perfect places for children to create imaginary worlds, far from the hustle and bustle of their daily schedules. Following Jess and Leslie's footsteps on a nature hike is easy to do. On a Saturday morning, we grabbed a cup of coffee while our kids grabbed a few of their friends (and their moms), and we all headed to a nearby park for a 3 mile hike. In the sun-dappled hills, the kids whooped it up as they scrambled up paths covered in brambles and bush. They scraped a few shins, and bumped a few knees, but their imaginations ran as free as they did. We moms? We trailed the kids, happily chit-chatting away, feeling like we had all enjoyed a little piece of Terabithia.
Our tips for talking to your kids about this film:
Take a Hike
Age Recomendation: from backpack babies to grandparents, you can scale the difficulty of a hike to match your age range
Time Allotment: 2 hours