Post by Mr. Jon Donnis on Mar 1, 2007 12:42:30 GMT
Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is an elementary school boy living in a family that is just getting by financially; he has to wear the hand-me downs of his siblings. Considering that all his siblings are girls, hand-me downs mean girl things.
When first introduced, he's practicing hard to win a race at school in duct taped sneakers. He wants to be first at something. Being the fastest kid in his grade would be great except he has to run the race in pink girl sneakers.
Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) is the new girl, just arriving on the day of the race; which despite it being a "boys only race" in the words of her classmates she wins with ease. Jesse is, at first, quite sour and feels grim about this and wants nothing to do with Leslie.
But, she's persistent, and with a stick of gum kindly offered, the two start hanging out more and more eventually becoming best friends. Jess shares his secret love of drawing with Leslie; Leslie shares with Jess her love of fantasy stories.
Together they venture into the woods, where they swing across a rope and find a tree house on the other side. Together the two friends make a whole new world - Terabithia - and it comes to life before their very eyes - or in their wide-open minds.