Saturday, April 12, 2008

'Tuck Everlasting'

by Natalie Babbitt

Fiction/Fantasy/kidlit, 1975
Bloomsbury, trade pb, 138 p.
Speech by Natalie Babbitt: The Purpose of Literature - And Who Cares?
When Winnie stumbles across a spring which can bestow the gift of everlasting life, she also stumbles across the unforgettable Tuck family. The Tucks, having drunk from this spring, will never age, and will never die. With calm clearsightedness they have kept the spring’s whereabouts secret, realising the harm and chaos full knowledge of it would bring. But the Tucks need to take grave measures when the spring’s secret is in danger of being revealed …
I wish I had read this as a child but I’m glad that at least I finally read it now. It’s a short book that contains all you need: a little action, adventure, a kidnapping, a bad guy, magic, mystery, love. It is simply written, but it holds a deeper message about the circle of life and death so even though it’s a children’s story it can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age. A great choice to kick off my Once Upon a Time II Challenge reading.
Otherwise I really don’t know what else to say about it that hasn’t already been said. Make sure to read Stephanie’s review if you haven’t already. She said it all much better than I could have.

My Rating: 4/5
(#13 for 2008, Once Upon a Time II Challenge #1)

12 comments:

  1. Another charming sounding book I have never heard of. Will put it on my list thanks :)

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  2. Awww, you are too kind! :)

    I am glad that I started the challenge with this one too - it seems like the perfect book to kick it off with! I'm thinking about reading The Goose Girl next (which is also on your list). How about you?

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  3. I love the sound of this! And I don't think I'd heard of it before either.

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  4. Rhinoa- It was very charming. Certainly worth the read.

    Stephanie- I'm not sure which one I'll read next. I don't actually have 'The Goose Girl' yet but it looks like it will arrive in the next day or two.

    Nymeth- I hadn't heard of it until a couple of years ago. Glad I finally got around to reading it.

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  5. Aww, I love this book. My mentor in grad school read it aloud to her children's lit class, and that's where I first heard it. :)

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  6. Andi- It's a great story and one that I think will stay with me. :)

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  7. Though I know the story through the film and through what I'd heard about it over the years I really do need to read the book as I'm sure it is very special to have continued to have life for all these years.

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  8. Carl- I haven't seen the film but am curious to do so. I'll have to see if I can find it here. And the book does have that timeless feel to it. I predict it sticking around for a while to come.

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  9. I loved this book, and all her writing. Another favorite of hers is The Eyes of the Amaryllis. That's a beautiful story, beautifully written.

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  10. Robin- This was the first book of hers that I've read but I'll definitely have to look for 'The Eyes of the Amaryllis' sometime. Thanks.

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  11. the subject is something to ponder for a long time... would you, if you could, live forever?...

    When one is younger, they don't think of death, and truely feel "life is forever" (or so close they don't think about it)..

    But when you are old, you realize, even if you could, most likely, you wouldn't want to live forever.

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  12. deslily- Sometimes it does seem like it would be nice to live forever especially if you could choose the age at which to freeze time, as it were. You'd never have to worry about running out of time to read all those books! ;)
    The reality of it wouldn't be nearly so glamourous though. I thought the book did a great job of portraying just how difficult it was for the Tucks.

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