Having seen the film many times over the years it seemed only right that I finally picked this book up, as I am from the U.K Tuck Everlasting was not something that I studied in school and only realised it was a book quite recently which thrilled me as the film is a childhood favourite.
The book which is middle grade centers around Winifred ‘Winnie’ Forester a ten year old girl who,in the opening passages of the book is feeling disgruntled, stifled and wishes for freedom, although all she really wants is to step outside her garden gates so, Winnie makes a promise to herself (and to a toad) that she will run away into her families woods. When a strange man talks to Winnie through her fortress like gates that evening everything changes for Winnie, the man and probably the toad. Keeping her promise Winnie ventures to the woods the next morning where she stumbles upon a seventeen year old boy called Jesse Tuck who is drinking from a spring- Jesse and his family claim to be immortal thanks to the springs magical properties. In a bid to keep Winnie from telling the world about the spring the Tucks (in the nicest way possible) kidnap Winnie trying to buy them selves enough time to convince ten year old Winnie to keep their secret.
Winnie and the spring
Tuck Everlasting is a very sophisticated children’s book, taking on topics such as mortality, life, love and what it means to be human in just under two hundred wonderfully metaphorical pages. Tuck Everlasting for me at least hit home the importance of mortality, that life has a beginning and an end for a reason, life is not limitless, we die we make room for new life and that is the way it should be- what is important is not how long we live just that we live.
Winnie and Jesse
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who fancies a short melancholy read.
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” – Tuck Everlasting