Monday, February 21, 2011

Read the book, now I want to see the movie

Tuck EverlastingI didn't realize that Tuck Everlasting was a book first until I saw it in the book flier my son brought home a couple months ago.  I thought it would be worth picking up and reading, and it was.

Tuck Everlasting is a story that tries to answer the question (as stated on the cover) what if you could live forever?  It also explores what living and life really mean.

Natalie Babbitt's work is exceptional and beatifully written.  There were paragraphs I found myself re-reading just because it was so lovely.  Here is one such part:

"For the wood was full of light , entirely different from the light she was used to.  It was green and amber and alive, quivering in splotches on the padded ground, fanning into sturdy stripes between the tree trunks.  There were little flowers  she did not recognize, white and the palest blue; and endless, tangleed vines; and here and there a fallen log, half rotted but soft with patches of sweet green-velvet moss."

The book is apprpriate for children ages 9-12 and is only about 140 pages long.  If you've never read it, I recommend it as a quick, enjoyable read.

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