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.
About the Author:
Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore on July 28, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She has 3 children and is married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She is a grandmother of 3 and lives in Rhode Island.
She is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.
What a delightful little story! It has been a long time since I have read this one, so long that I couldn't remember what it was about. I love re-reading, especially books like this from my childhood.
The story is neat, the characters heartwarming, and the tale of a spring in the woods that from one drink will make you live forever. While I could go on all day about the setting, the plot, etc. I think this review is better served by mentioning that there is a bigger message here. Living forever (a metaphor for things we want but probably shouldn't have) is not a good thing. Too often things we badly want, but know we shouldn't have, are not good for us. The author does a great job making you think about that and think about the negatives to something that would seem incredible.
I look forward to sharing this story with my 6th graders, most of them have seen the movie so I will enjoy sharing the story with them.
Book Rating: 5/5