Tuck Everlasting asks a question that seems to be pretty popular in current YA literature. The question of immortality and whether it is a gift or a curse or something in between.
Would I want to live forever? My first instinct is a resounding yes! There are so many things that I want to do and I know that a normal human lifespan simply will not be enough time to allow me to do everything that I’d like to accomplish! Especially when you factor in all the time “lost” working to save up the money to do many of those things. What would I do if I could live forever?
Here are a few examples:
1. Read ALL the Books! I know that it may not even be possible for me to read all the books that I currently own…when e-books are factored in….let alone all the books that will be released in my lifetime. And I can only imagine what the literature of the next decade or millennium might look like. This is a no brainer!
2. Travel to every country in the world and experience all of the culture, religion, language there is to experience.
3. Learn everything that I want to learn! All the time in the world to learn botany and practice gardening, learn how to cook with food I grew myself, learn about all the wildlife in the world and our environment and how to do my best to have a positive impact and encourage others to do the same, finally learn how to knit, learn all the languages so I can make international friends and read ALL the books in the original. And so much more!
4. Seeing what amazing technological advances are made in the future. Look how far we’ve come in the past 100 years. I can’t even imagine what the next 100 years will bring!
But would all of that really make me happy? Or is it really other things that bring true happiness…among them time shared with friends and family. What would life be like if I were constantly outliving all my loved ones. I think this thought alone would make it impossible for me to see immortality as a gift and for this reason I would have to decline.
What do you think? Would you want to live forever?
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Title: Tuck Everlasting
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Age Range: Middle Grade | Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Classic
Length: 139 pages
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, Audio
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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 that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s celebrated, ground-breaking title Tuck Everlasting (Anniversary edition on sale January 20). In celebration of the anniversary,
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has published a special anniversary edition featuring an introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.
Upon the book’s publication in 1975, Natalie was greeted with concern from parents and educators who were stunned to read a book about death written for children. She is an author who challenges her readers and thinks the best questions are the ones without answers. This 40th anniversary will introduce a whole new generation to this timeless classic. The book has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print since publication.
“Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”
NATALIE BABBITT is the award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Knee-Knock Rise, and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with 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. Knee-Knock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Connecticut, and is a grandmother of three.
Upon the book’s publication in 1975, Natalie was greeted with concern from parents and educators who were stunned to read a book about death written for children. She is an author who challenges her readers and thinks the best questions are the ones without answers.