Book Review of Tuck Everlasting
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Natalie Babbitt
Ages 9+ | 160 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | ISBN-13: 9780312369811
What to Expect: Fantasy and Immortality
Imagine if you could experience a world without the constraints of time. A realm where you could flourish and exist forever. How incredible would that be? Would eternal life truly be a gift, or would it bring forth its own set of challenges and consequences? Such is the captivating premise of Tuck Everlasting, which has enchanted readers of all ages for decades. This timeless classic has been praised for its imaginative storyline and has received numerous accolades. From its origins as an award-winning novel, Tuck Everlasting has since expanded into two feature films and a successful Broadway musical and continues to inspire new generations.
After drinking water from a spring in the woods, The Tuck family discovered that it had the magical power of immortality—eternal life. The Tucks have kept the secret of the spring for 87 years. Ten-year-old Winnie, who is running from her overprotective family, finds herself in the woods and encounters the Tuck family and the enchanted spring. Concerned that Winnie will divulge their secret, the Tucks take her to their humble home hidden in the woods and try to explain to her that living forever is not all it’s cracked up to be. Some people would abuse this power, including a strange man in a yellow suit that follows Winnie to the Tucks.
Tuck Everlasting is a compelling adventure story. Following the Tuck family on their journey through the woods gives you a unique perspective on the possibility of immortality. The thrilling narrative that includes a touch of romance, a jailbreak, and even murder, all masterfully woven throughout the pages, effortlessly sweeps readers away. However, the true power of Tuck Everlasting lies in its ability to explore the meaning of existence itself. By examining the essence of life and death, this novel encourages readers to appreciate the precious moments they have.
Readers who immerse themselves in this adventure of a lifetime will likely allow Tuck Everlasting to ignite a spark within them and be inspired to make every moment count. What if you could live forever? You could read it a million times over.
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About the Author
A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt’s novels are inspired by a brilliance and imagination that is completely original. She began her career in 1966 with the publication of a picture book, The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with a more profound meaning embedded within them.
Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, but it is Tuck Everlasting which has insured Babbitt’s place in the history of children’s literature. This modern classic, which has also been made recently into a major motion picture starring Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, and Sissy Spacek, asks an enduring and powerful question: If we could live forever, would we want to?
Babbitt has written six more novels including The Eyes of the Amaryllis and Goody Hall-each one presenting her unique vision of an enchanted world. Her latest novel, Jack Plank Tells Tales, was published in Spring 2007. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three. When asked what she wants readers to remember about her books, she replied, ‘the questions without answers.’
What to Read Next if You Love Tuck Everlasting
Kneeknock Rise, by Natalie Babbitt
The Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
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