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Tuck Everlasting Paperback – August 21, 2007
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“Rarely does one find a book with such prose. Flawless in both style and structure, it is rich in imagery and punctuated with light fillips of humor.” ―The Horn Book Magazine
“Beautiful and descriptive language is the strength of Babbitt's fantasy about Winnie and her encounter with the Tuck family, who cause her--and readers--to ponder an important question: What would it be like to live forever?” ―Booklist
“Probably the best work of our best children's novelist.” ―Harper's
“A fearsome and beautifully written book that can't be put down or forgotten.” ―The New Yorker
“Exciting and excellently written.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Natalie Babbitt's great skill is spinning fantasy with the lilt and sense of timeless wisdom of the old fairy tales. . . . It lingers on, haunting your waking hours, making you ponder.” ―The Boston Globe
“With its serious intentions and light touch the story is, like the Tucks, timeless.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“This book is as shapely, crisp, sweet, and tangy as a summer-ripe pear.” ―Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932-2016) is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, written by her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lived in Hamden, CT.
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I bought the movie and the book together and read the book first with no good memory of what happened aside from the basic plot.
The book was short, I didn’t see that coming and it’s definitely for a kids reading level.
What I didn’t see coming that the movie fixed is that Jesse was 17 and Winnie was 10..... and he was really into her which creeped me out.
While reading the book I understood why some people didn’t like it. I didn’t much like it either even though the story is a favorite of mine.
When I finished the book I cried like a baby. I’ll be reading it again.
The movie also made me cry like a baby. I can’t help but feel bad for Jesse.
It’s cheap, and short. Worth a shot and you can decide for yourself. But it’s not much like the movie so don’t expect that. But the movie will be more magical after reading the book.
The story is about a family who finds the fountain of youth and a young girl who stumbles upon them and her choice of whether to live forever or not - and leave all that she loves behind. It is a beautiful story which invokes conversations with your children about the life cycle, it's importance and why what we wish for is not always as great as it seems.
Sigh! This book brings back so many memories for me. It was the first play I ever watched and one of my favorite movies growing up. It was always hard to be okay with Winnie not drinking from the spring, but Tuck saying "good girl" really pulled at my heart strings. I love the bond she felt to him! This book is one for the ages and my children's children will one day read it just as I have. It's a timeless classic & will forever be one of my favorites!
***** more book reviews can be found at www.goodreads.com/xorubituesdays *****
Now that I'm in my late twenties, I decided to share this book with my 12-year-old cousin, who has been looking for more novels to read. She, too, enjoyed the characters and plot of Tuck Everlasting.
It's a wonderful book to have adolescent or pre-adolescent kids read because it's a serious concept presented in a way that's easy for them to relate to! What a classic!