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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting (original 1975; edition 2007)

by Natalie Babbitt

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Title:Tuck Everlasting
Authors:Natalie Babbitt
Info:Square Fish (2007), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 160 pages
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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)

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In the story there is a girl Winnie Foster who ends up meeting the Tuck family and getting to know them. The Tuck family tells Winnie about how they are immortal and that she needs to keep their secret. Well there is a guy in a yellow suit that wants the spring that the Tucks drank from and tries to threaten the Tucks to find out where it is and he ends up dieing after fighting with Mae Tuck pushed him down and he hit his head. Mae ends up going to jail to be hanged for killing the man in the yellow suit but Winnie helps break her out of jail to keep the Tucks secret of everlasting life. The Tucks tell Winnie in seven years go and drink from the spring and she will stay exactly how she is and come and find them. Well the Tucks go back later and find that Winnie decided to live a normal life and not drink from the spring when they seen her gravestone. The main idea of the story is just because you could choose to live forever, does not mean you would always want to.

One reason I like the book is that the author shows living forever is not always a good thing and that given the choice not everyone would chose to live forever. In the book the author does this through letting Winnie chose to drink from the stream of not. Another reason I like this book is that Winnie is willing to risk everything for the Tucks after getting to know them even though they are different. In the book they show this through Winnie helping Mae escape from jail so the Tucks can keep their secret. ( )
  bwinte3 | Apr 21, 2015 |
Tuck Everlasting is one of my all time favorite books! I read this book in elementary school, and re read it in college, and found I still love it the same! I love how the story is so enticing- there is never a dull moment. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know how Winnie was going to react to being kidnapped, then further finding out what she has to do to keep the Tuck’s secret safe. I love the adventure this story brings because the drinking water makes you live forever. The stories that the Tuck’s had for Winnie were incredible. She is forced to defy all rules in order to keep their family’s secret safe, something out of the ordinary for just an eleven year old. The message of this story is to determine what is right or wrong based on every given situation, not just the principle itself. Winnie has to protect the Tuck’s secret from being revealed to the public so people don’t drink the water and will be cursed with living forever. She is forced to make an incredibly hard moral decision. This story will truly never get old, I could read it a thousand times! ( )
  Milina_Moreno | Apr 16, 2015 |
Thought Provoking Read!!!

A beautiful tale for the young and old alike. Admittedly, the beginning was a slow start but the descriptions of the scenes were beautifully described in an enchanting way that pulls you in and keeps you until the very end. So many topics, besides immortality, can be discussed after reading the book. It's a perfect read for all ages not just for its intended audience. ( )
  Feleciak | Mar 10, 2015 |
I love this book and I think every child should read this book sometime between elementary school and high school. Every child has the idea that they never want to grow up, but sometimes that is not always the way to think. When students read this book, they will realize their dream of wanting to live forever and be young is silly. This makes the reader think about a challenging issue that they may be facing themselves. Students who like the fairy tale stories will enjoy the book because the Tuck and the main character who is a girl fall in love. Those who like the fantasy books will enjoy this because there is the fantasy of living forever and never growing old.

The language through the book is very simple and easy to understand. The paragraphs are not extremely long, so students will not feel intimidated when they see a chapter. For me, even when I was in 5th grade, this book was an easy read for me. The ideas in the book caught my attention and I was unable to put the book down. The words the author use are very descriptive and clear. Throughout the entire book, I could always picture what was happening. I always had a mental picture in my mind and this is a good skill for students to develop.

The characters in the book are also very relatable. Tuck, for example, is relatable because most children have the mindset of never wanting to grow. The girl is relatable because she questions her friend’s decisions. Many students have a friend whom they question about their decisions or actions. Students do not want to give into peer pressure. Tucker does this because he wants her to try the spring water.
  jbarro3 | Feb 16, 2015 |
Closing the gate on her oldest fears as she closed the gate of her own fenced yard, she discovered the wings she'd always wished she had. Page 45

It was a typical August week during the height of the summer heat that Winnie is kidnapped by a strange family that claim that they are immortal. Somewhere in the middle of the forest adjacent to Winnie's cottage is a little fountain hidden within the roots of an ancient tree that has the power to grant any who drink from it the ability to live forever. Winnie is confronted with the choice whether to believe this outrageous claim or not.

Tuck Everlasting is a quaint little story that deals with some large adult themes. The strengths of the book is the author's ability to make some very deep questions of life very accessible for a younger audience. Yet the strength of the novel also attributes to it's shortcomings. The story can be at times be a bit too simple and superficial. I felt like the plot and the characters could have been more fully fleshed out, but for its intended audience, the story can be an excellent platform for discussions and explorations. ( )
  jolerie | Dec 16, 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.
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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