It is the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt! Macmillan is celebrating by releasing a anniversary edition of Tuck Everlasting with a foreword by Wicked author Gregory Maguire. The anniversary edition is on sale TODAY- January 20, 2015! Check out this awesome post by Publishers Weekly about how Tuck Everlasting is being celebrated!
What if you could live forever?
The first time I read Tuck Everlasting was in college for a children’s literature class. The book single-handedly renewed my love for children’s books. Before I read Tuck Everlasting in college I would have jumped at the chance to live forever! I mean….Who wouldn’t want to live forever?! As a book nerd for example…..I would finally have the time to read ALL the books!
I think Tuck Everlasting really speaks to the power of books and how they can change you….forever! For me, after reading Tuck Everlasting I no longer wanted to live forever. I’m not sure when Winnie Foster made her decision about the spring….but for me it was right after I finished reading Tuck Everlasting in college.
I can’t imagine my life without my friends and family. But to watch them all pass on without me would be even harder to bear. I wouldn’t want to live forever without the people who make my life worth living. Tuck Everlasting made me realize…I like being part of the wheel.
So I urge you to read or reread Tuck Everlasting. It is a book that will make you think differently about life and death. It is a book that will change you whenever you choose to read it. That is why this book has been loved for 40 years and will continue to be loved by many generations of readers….possibly forever. And that is a forever I can embrace.