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)