by Natalie Babbitt
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 than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
This is my second Natalie Babbitt book. The first one I read was The Search for Delicious, a short fantasy-kiddie story that my children appreciated. I liked it because my kids learned a lesson from searching something delicious and what it truly meant.
With Tuck Everlasting, definitely written for a more mature audience, I had a moment when I wished for the fountain of youth to come to life.
Yes, there was a minute when I wished for immortality. But I held back with that thought because I don’t want to stay young forever while my loved ones enjoy growing old.
I was like Winnie Foster who wanted freedom and youth, but I realized that it also meant a heavy responsibility is on your shoulders.
Surprisingly, I just read somewhere that this had been turned into a movie. Of course, I haven’t seen it yet, so I better check on it soon! (I really should watch it – Alexis Bledel was in it! Yay!)
Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore on July 28, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She has 3 children and is married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She is a grandmother of 3 and lives in Rhode Island.
She is also a board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.