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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
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Tuck Everlasting (1975)

by Natalie Babbitt

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I've heard so many good things about this book prior to even reading. I know it was made into a movie, but I have yet to see that either. I think the author wrote this book to give another perspective onto a common fantasy topic, immortality. Many authors discuss the benefits of being immortal and not aging, yet few decide to look at the drawbacks of such a gift. The author uses this story to explain how this incredible gift can also be a curse. I also think that through his writing, the author attempted to express the value of life to the reader. This is a lesson that all readers, no matter the age, need to learn.
One of my favorite things about this book was beginning and the of the story, how they are almost a reflection of each other. In the story, Winnie runs away from home, expressing how tired she is of her family. She meets a boy named Jesse who is drinking from a spring. She attempts to drink from the spring, yet Jesse refuses to let her. The spring water contains the power of immortality. At the end of the story, Jesse bottles the spring water and gives it to Winnie to drink. However, after much consideration, she elects not to drink the water, pouring it out on a nearby toad. Literally the beginning and the end of Winnie and Jesse's meeting are the exact polar opposite, with Winnie wanting to drink the water and Jesse refusing at the beginning, and Jesse offering the water to Winnie at the end, only for her to refuse it.
I love the authors topic to write about, immortality. I feel that with a such a popular topic, it allows the reader the range to explore both the pros and cons to this gift. Readers of all ages can relate to the topic because of the way the author explores it through the development of characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has yet to read it. I look forward to the day that I can watch this movie! ( )
  Andrewturner | Nov 19, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book. I really liked how the story makes readers think about what it would be like to live forever. It sounds like a good thing at first, but after thinking about it, it is something a lot of people might actually not want. When I first started reading this book I was actually pretty bored with it. The first few pages were a little confusing, and not much was happening. The character was just walking through the woods and talking about an old house. I like books with a little more action in the beginning to get me hooked. However, the whole story was very good, and I'm glad I continued to read it. The main message of this story is to enjoy your life now, and that living forever would actually not be very pleasant. ( )
  HeatherBallard | Nov 16, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. The first reason why I liked the book was because the plot was suspenseful. I wanted to keep turning the pages to figure out what was going to happen. I also had many questions that I wanted to find the answers to. For example, a girl named Winnie observed a boy, Jesse drinking from a mysterious spring that was under a tree. Jesse’s family appeared and decided to kidnap Winnie because she now knew about this special spring. I was unsure what was going to happen to Winnie? Was she ever going to be able to return home? What was so significant about this spring that Winnie had to be kidnapped for? The next reason why I liked the book was because of how it pushed me to think about a tough issue. Through reading the book I found out that the spring made the Tuck’s immortal due to all of them drinking from it. It became evident that their immortality was more of a curse than a blessing. The book made me ponder what would I do if I were Winnie, drink from the spring or not? Should everyone experience the circle of life and death or live forever? The main ideas from the book are mortality, choices, love, and friendship. ( )
  Germuth | Nov 14, 2014 |
I liked the book, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. The big idea in this story is a secret water spring that keeps people from aging. The author keeps the suspense of her audience by with- holding information about the man with the yellow suit. He seems mysterious and is unnamed. He appears spooky, “His tall body moved continuously; a foot tapped, a shoulder twitched. And it moved in angles, rather jerkily. But at the same time he had a kind of grace, like a well-handled marionette. Indeed, he seemed almost to hang suspended there in the twilight.” He also was described by the author as a creepy madman when he came to take Winnie from the Tucks, “His eyes were like blind fire points and his face was twisted.” The author also created a relationship between Winnie and Jesse that was a special one. Winnie seems immediately have a crush on Jesse, one the Tucks. She describes him, “he seemed so glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once.” When Winnie took Jesse’s hand to say hello, she thought, “He was even more beautiful in person.” ( )
  JenniferEckley | Nov 12, 2014 |
I liked rereading this book from my childhood. I love that this book is not a character driven or plot driven book. It is a book that the author wrote based around one question: do you choose life? This book constantly encourages the reader to think about what they would do, and provides a great mirroring and windowing opportunity. The reader can begin to imagine what it would be like to be everlasting. It also gives the reader the chance to understand that death is apart of the journey and to use the time you have not be wasteful. Another one of my favorite parts of this book is it pushes the reader to think about topics that are often not discussed. The book directly deals with immorality. The reader is forced to think to think about what it would mean to live forever, what they would do, how they would live their everlasting lives. The story is thought provoking and perfectly haunting. Finally, I liked the writing style from the author. The tone and language she uses in the book is enchanting. The reader can feel the sliver of realness blended effortlessly with the dreamed fantasies of many readers. The author is extremely descriptive. The streaks of light didn’t shine through, they “swam and danced and wavered like a bright mirage.” The writing is enough to allow the reader to really think that it just might happen. The big idea/message of this story is that time is a natural part of the life cycle and that some blessings are a curse in disguise. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Nov 11, 2014 |
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Hughes, MelissaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
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Winnie woke early the next morning. The sun was only just opening its own eye on the eastern horizon and the cottage was full of silence. But she realized that sometime during the night her had made up her mind: she would not runaway today. 'Where would I go anyway?'....But in another part of her head...she knew there was another sort of reason for staying at home: she was afraid of going away alone.
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Imagine coming upon a fountain of youth in a forest. To live forever--isn't that everyone's ideal? For the Tuck family, eternal life is a reality, but their reaction to their fate is surprising. Award winner Natalie Babbitt (Knee-Knock Rise, The Search for Delicious) outdoes herself in this sensitive, moving adventure in which 10-year-old Winnie Foster is kidnapped, finds herself helping a murderer out of jail, and is eventually offered the ultimate gift--but doesn't know whether to accept it. Babbitt asks profound questions about the meaning of life and death, and leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the perfect cycle of nature. Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever--in the reader's imagination. An ALA Notable Book. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

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