by: Natalie Babbitt
Published by:Square Fish
Format: Trade Paperback
Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
‘What If You Could Live Forever?’
Winnie Foster is a sheltered child living in the late 1800’s. Winnie is tired of her mother and grandmother’s obsessive ways. Because of this one day Winnie decides to run away. She runs away into the woods next to her home. There she meets the Tuck family. The Tuck family drank from a spring in the woods that gave them eternal life.
This was my first time reading ‘Tuck Everlasting.’ I somehow missed reading it as a child . The characters were amazing. The character of Winnie Foster is endearing and relatable. She is both sassy and funny. One of my favorite elements of her story is her long drawn out conversations with the bull frog. The characters of the Tuck family are also endearing and relatable. The ‘man in the yellow suit’ was the perfect villain both charming and conniving.
Tongue in cheek metaphors are used throughout the book. An example of this is when the Foster’s cottage is described as saying, ‘Move on-we don’t want you here.’
‘Tuck Everlasting’ asks and answers a deep moral question. If you could find the proverbial fountain of youth, would you really want to drink from it? Would you want to watch the world around you grow and change while you stood still? I think after reading ‘Tuck Everlasting’ you would agree that living forever would be more of a curse than gift. I highly recommend this short but sweet classic for everyone and is definitely a must for any middle-grade reader.