Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting, 180 pgs. Farrar, Straus and Gireoux , 1975. $19.99 (40th Anniversary Edition) Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
When 10-year-old Winnie Foster finds a secret spring in the woods, she meets a family who, because they drank from the spring, cannot experience death. Trying to escape her home, where she feels watched too closely, Winnie joins this family for a short time, and becomes dear to them. But will she choose to drink from the spring, freezing herself in time and join them in their eternal lives?
This timeless story is indeed a classic. Originally published in 1975 and still in print today, it has been taught in many classrooms, and is an old fashioned gentle read. Full of imagery and beautiful language it is as accessible to adults as it is to children. It’s a book you can’t help but talk about. I like the new cover (with the title print larger than the author’s name).
EL, MS - ADVISABLE