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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Fantasy

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)

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Age appropriateness: Intermediate - Early middle school
Review: This book completely fits the genre of fantasy because it is unrealistic and could never happen in real life. The book is about a young girl who meets a family who has eternal life, she finds the source of their eternity but chooses to live a normal life. This book has a great story and influences the reader to think deeply about life.
Comment on use:
I would use this book for older grades so you could talk about the author's thoughts and symbolism. I think this book deals with a lot of heavy topics (neglect, kidnaping, love) that may not be appropriate for younger children. ( )
  khadijab | Jan 30, 2017 |
Fantasy Fiction
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate/Middle School
Review/Critique:
After being stuck inside of her house, Winnie Foster went outside to her family's forest. While walking, she ran into Jesse Tuck, and then Winnie was taken to the Tuck's house. Then Winnie's adventure with the immortal family (due to the spring by the tree in the forest) began. Soon after Winnie went to the Tuck's, a man in a yellow suit went and found the Tucks, and in the end he was killed for wanting to make the immortal water public to deserving people.
This is great fantasy fiction because the characters are very believable and they fit into their make believe world very well. This book is also great fantasy fiction because the water from the spring is very believable in the book, but it is not realistic. ( )
  ebrink15 | Jan 30, 2017 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Intermidiate to Middle
Review/Critique: Tuck Everlasting is a book about a girl named Winnie who is at the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting kidnapped (somewhat by her will) by a family named Tuck. The Tucks have a great secret- they have everlasting life. This life comes from a stream in Winnie's Famillie's forest. In the end the secret almost gets out and someone gets shot. They have to break Mama Tuck out of prison and Winnie chooses not to live forever. This book was fantasy because people drink from a stream and magically live forever. ( )
  jessminson | Jan 30, 2017 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Primary/intermediate
Review: This book was about a 10 year old girl, Winnie Foster, who meets a family that never ages and can't die. This family, the Tucks, take Winnie so they can explain to her why living forever is a curse, not a good thing. Winnie helps the Tuck family keep their secret, because they are her friends. However, she doesn't choose to drink the water from the spring that makes you live forever. This is a great fantasy book that ties our real world of Winnie Foster with the fantasy story of the Tucks, who can't age.
Comments on use: This would be a good read aloud because it has serious parts, but is also just a fun read. ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Jan 29, 2017 |
Summary: Winnie Foster is a 12 year old girl who dreams about running away from home. One day she ventures into the woods behind her house to discover a boy, named Jesse tuck, drinking from a spring. When she desires to drink from the water, he refuses to allow her to do so, explaining that anyone who drinks from it will never die. The Tuck family takes her back to their cabin, where she is told more about their immortality. After a series of events she grows close to the Tuck family and is forced to decide if she will drink from the spring as well.
Critique: This is a fantasy book because the author creates a spring that grants immortality for any who drink from it. This is not possible in the real world, but seems like a possibility in the book.
Age appropriateness: I would recommend this book to Intermediate grades and possibly middle school.
Class use: A use for this in the classroom would be to talk about literary devices. One could talk about foreshadowing, symbolism/ metaphors, and descriptive language found in the text. Another thing that this could be used for would be to describe characters and how they develop through the story. Another discussion could arise about the prologue and epilogue and what they are.
  rbrock15 | Jan 28, 2017 |
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Natalie Babbittprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fradera, NarcisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, MelissaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, PeterNarratorsecondary 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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