The Bell in the Bridge

The Bell in the BridgeWritten by Ted Kooser, Illustrated by Barry Root


Charlie spends two weeks every summer at his grandparents’ farm while his parents went on a vacation. Because Charlie’s grandparents are very busy doing their chores, Charlie is lonely most of the day. Charlie decides to go explore. He catches tadpoles and plays with a baby turtle. Then Charlie finds an old bridge, He would sometimes crawl under it to cool off and sometimes he would stand on the bridge and drop stones into the water underneath. One day Charlie realizes that if he hit the railing of the bridge with a big stone it would make the bridge ring like a big bell. He could hear the ringing echo away down the valley, and then Charlie would hear a bell sound coming back sounding different like a bong. Charlie wanted to know if it was an echo or someone answering back to him. Read this book to find out the answer, it’s a mystery!

A fun book about a summer childhood adventure. The illustrations look like green, orange, and yellow watercolor. Very pretty and nostalgic looking.

Review by Marjorie Briggs, Oquirrh Hills Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 2nd-6th Grade

The Bell in the Bridge
Written by Ted Kooser, Illustrated by Barry Root
Candlewick Press
32 pages
Release Date: May 10, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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