What I’m Reading (and Watching): Tuck Everlasting

 

As part of my personal Classics Challenge I re-read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This time I read it aloud to my children, ages 6 and 9. They kept begging for another chapter!

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.

This book contains lovely descriptive passages, which may not hold most young readers’ attention. However, the action is very exciting, and a bit scary. My littles were enthralled.

We also watched the film, which we all enjoyed. I saw a number of reviews complaining that the film strayed too far from the book, but I disagree. In the film the protagonist, Winnie, is older (15 instead of 11), which they did in order to play up the romance (it’s just a crush in the book). The film also made a few action scenes more visually dramatic. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s a solid adaptation.

 

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5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading (and Watching): Tuck Everlasting

    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I don’t think I read it until I was an adult, but this was at least my 3rd reading. 🙂 I thought Ben Kingsley was perfect! In the book, the character is always “the man in the yellow suit” which is a bit too Curious George to be properly sinister. 😆

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  1. mtsedwards says:

    I’m having some problems getting Aly into a book recently. After Fault in Our Stars, she just hasn’t been able to finish anything she starts (she gave up on The Giver really quickly). Series don’t even cut it (she read Hunger Games but couldn’t finish the rest). Perhaps it’s time for some classics. This or Bridge to Terabithia maybe? She did enjoy Island of the Blue Dolphins when it was read to her in class…

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