“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses it turning.”
– Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, Prologue
Tuck Everlasting has long been the one book that has stood out so prominently out of the thousands of stories my mind has absorbed. What makes this small, seemingly simple story so memorable? What is it about the simplistic writing that has me mesmerized year after year as I reread these opening lines?
Magic of a wordsmith that has withstood time and captured the essence of summer in this small, unassuming novel. It is set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and includes a mysterious man in a yellow suit, a family with a deadly secret, and a girl named Winnie Foster who decides once and for all to step outside of the gate of her house.
This is the children’s novel, even though it has never gotten the attention it deserved, and is a different story every time it is read. As you age, so does your understanding of this fantastic piece of literature.
I will always have that little safe place in my heart for Jesse Tuck, as he will forever think of the girl who knew his secret and accepted him wholeheartedly. For in Winnie Foster, he found a reason to live.
Tuck Everlasting was made into a motion picture film in 2002 by Disney.
Visit Google Books for an online look at Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.