- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (Aug. 21 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312369816
- ISBN-13: 978-0312369811
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 19.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 236 g
- Average Customer Review: 857 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tuck Everlasting Paperback – Aug 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 am past the age that this story was meant for, but it is still one of my favorite quick reads.
On the back cover of the book there is a review by Harper's and a line in it sums up this book quite nicely, it says:
"If this were Winnie Foster's story only, it would be like any other great adventure: you would come to the end, with all resolved and that would be that. But this is also the story of the Tuck family and therefore, though it has a beginning and a middle, it can never end."
This book, though as I have said is a quiet little book, with a quiet little backstory, in a quiet little town, a quiet little wood, with quiet people, still holds so much mystery and adventure.
A kidnapping, a murder, a jail break, immortal never ending life, great formed friendships, and spring of water that makes you live forever, and lets not forget the toad.
I will probably always continue to read this book every few years, just because it was a favorite when I was a child and I still enjoy it to this day.
The Tucks have a secret, and their secret can either be seen as a blessing or a curse. The Tucks drank from a magic spring and now they cannot die. Young Winnie Foster finds out their secret and so the Tucks take her home to try and explain the secret and the importance of keeping it. Yet now the town is in an uproar looking for the Tucks, and the family needs Winnie's help.
The writing is excellent, and the story will keep you turning the pages. If you are looking for a book for yourself or to read to children in your life, this is an excellent pick. Well written, with impeccable prose, you will not be disappointed.
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