We are so excited to have the opportunity to participate in the 40 Days for 40 Years Tuck Everlasting Blog Tour! Tuck Everlasting is one of my favorite childhood stories and I am so honored to be able to share with our friends the cover for the 40th Anniversary edition and answer the question: What if you could live forever?
The newly released 40th Anniversary edition of Tuck Everlasting cover...
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 will publish a special anniversary edition featuring an introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.
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 of a blessing than it might seem. Then complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
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 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.
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.
This beautiful Anniversary edition went on sale January 20, 2015. If you haven't yet purchased your copy, you can do so HERE
For this tour each blogger was asked to answer the following question:
What if you could live forever?
I instantly thought...what a loaded question! Then I asked myself after re-reading this classic, well, what if? I mean, I could live a life unlike any other. Travel the world, seek new adventures, experience the world change and live the stories only I'd naturally read in a history book. It all sounds so thrilling and very surreal, but in the long run, would I truly be happy?
I pondered what it would be like and I can honestly say, no. I'd choose the same as our beloved Winnie Foster. I believe the circle of life is exactly just that. We are born, live out the life that was given to us, and then we will perish as intended. It's an excellent reminder, though, to live our lives to fullest with the time we are given.