Bridge to Terabithia – Literature – Writing Style

Katherine Paterson often describes people, nature, and objects in a very detailed manner. For example, Mrs. Edmunds, the music teacher at Lark Creek Primary school is described thus:

“Her long swishy black hair and blue, blue eyes. She could play guitar like a regular recording star, and she had this soft floating voice that made Jesse squish inside” (14).

This poetic, romantic description of Mrs. Edmunds not only makes it easy for the reader to imagine her, but also for us to understand why Jesse has a crush on her.

Paterson’s use of language supports her characters as they create their fantasy kingdom of Terabithia. A small tree house is turned into a castle stronghold, a pine forest into a magical kingdom, and the animals living there into mythical creatures.