Booker High School VPA presents Natalie Babbitt’s beloved children’s novel, Tuck Everlasting, which examines the lure and drawbacks of eternal life through its characters. Set in a fictitious rural, pleasant small town near the Adirondack Mountains in the late 1800s, the story begins after our protagonist Winnie Foster’s father’s death. Winnie’s mother now won’t let her daughter wander beyond the front gate of their yard, and Winnie’s bored with her small and uneventful life. Then she meets Jesse Tuck and learns that he and his family have sipped from a special spring that has granted them immortality. The prospect of living as the Tucks do—without growing old and the implications of death—is exciting to Winnie, who now faces a dilemma: should she drink from the fountain and gain eternal youth, or should she follow the natural course of life (and death)?
Tuck Everlasting, in exploring immortality, presents ideas even more meaningful than escaping death: namely, how precious and fleeting time on Earth is and the importance of making the most of the moments we’re granted.
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