Tuck Everlasting was written by Natalie Babbitt in 1975, the year I was born. I don’t why I never read it but the cover probably wouldn’t have appealed to me as a kid. Some of the newer covers are much more appealing, though honestly, more generic and less representative of the story of Winnie Foster and the immortal Tuck family.
I was somewhat surprised by how short this book was — more of a novella really. It took me a while to get into the story and then, when I was finally getting interested in it, it was over. I liked it but I didn’t love it and, to be honest, I’m having a bit of trouble thinking of much to say about it. It’s part myth, part cautionary tale but I’m not sure that the message of the story is clear. On one hand, we see all of the consequences for the Tuck family of drinking from the spring of eternal life but, on the other hand, Winnie has very few consequences to anything she does no matter how morally questionable.
This book was number 16 on the list so obviously many readers had a much different experience with this book than I did. I am not sure that it would be appealing to a large percentage of child readers today and I’m even more unsure about its staying power in the years to come.
What was your experience with Tuck Everlasting? Did you read it as a child? Did that make a difference in how it affected you? None of us will have read the next book, Journey to the River Sea, as children since it came out in 2001 but I hope you will join me anyway!
Schedule – November through March
note: dates are not necessarily set in stone – posts may go up a day or two before or after
December 15 - #93 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001) — trying to read more of Ibbotson’s wonderful stories, this is set in Brazil
December 31 - #33 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (1971) — a childhood favorite (will pair with watching the 1982 film, another favorite)
January 15 - #75 The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941) — a new-to-me book, 1st in a series
January 31 - #10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) — first time reading on my own, was read to us by teacher in 6th grade
February 15 - #25 The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995) — new to me, a great read for Black History Month
February 28 - #97 The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton (1962) — new to me, out of print so check your local library
March 15 - #12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) — going to be my first time reading it with Z, 3rd in a series (duh)
March 31 - #83 Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1907) — a re-re…re-read, 3rd in a series after The Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz
Kristen is the is fabulous mind behind We Be Reading and is an entrepreneur, mom and sometimes scientist who loves to read and get other people reading. Her son, Z, is an eight year old boy who also loves to read and write his own books.