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Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followedDoomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune....

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Number of Pages : 139 Pages
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Tuck Everlasting Reviews

  • Havenisle
    2019-04-24 06:27

    I loved the story but I hated the ending. This was the first book I was ever mad at. To this day, I still scowl at people that say that immortality is a curse. Perhaps it is, if you're stupid and lacking in any aspirations. If I were the family in this book, I could agree. But no, I'm not... I wish they would just go to college and get some dreams and stop feeling sorry for themselves. If you have the rest of eternity to kick around, do something useful like trying to save the world. If you're going to live forever anyway, you're never really going to have to say you failed, right?

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-05-16 06:23

    One day I was visiting my mother-in-law, a former high school English teacher. She mentioned, as we were leaving, that she had two boxes of books that she was going to get rid of. With visions of a literary treasure trove in my head, I quickly offered to take them off her hands so I could keep what I liked and dispose of the rest. When I got home and opened the boxes, I found . . . dozens of Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club books. I have NO idea where my MIL got them from, or why. I was so disappointed.But there were a handful of more interesting books scattered among the rest, and one of those was Tuck Everlasting. So I hung onto these few keepers and found a neighbor with a young daughter who was interested in taking the rest of the books off my hands. (Thinking about this now, I kind of feel guilty about it, like I need to go give her some better books.)I first read Tuck about 10 or 15 years ago and, even though it's a middle grade book, it has stuck with me all these years. I still see a ten year old girl telling her troubles to a toad. The toad, in its own small way, will be significant later on.The Tuck family, a husband, wife and two sons ages 17 and 22, are simple, salt-of-the-earth folk. In the late 1700's, they drink from a spring of water in a forest that turns out to be a sort of fountain of youth: it makes them immortal, unable to die and permanently stuck at the age they were when they drank from the spring. Many years later, a young girl named Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret. The Tuck family takes her away with them for a day or two (which soon leads to some plot complications) while they desperately try to explain to Winnie why they think it's a terrible idea for her to drink from the magical spring herself, or tell anyone else about it. All except the younger son, Jesse, who asks Winnie to wait until she's 17, then drink from the fountain and join him in eternal life.The book is full of circle of life type of imagery: a Ferris wheel pauses in its turning, seasons pass, water drifts downstream to the ocean. The Tuck family feels like the wheel has stuck for them--they're like rocks by the side of the road, while all around them people are changing and growing and living and dying. Tuck tells Winnie:"But dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born. You can't pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing. But it's passing us by, us Tucks. Living's heavy work, but off to one side, the way we are, it's useless, too. . . You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road."It's an interesting philosophical question: if you had the chance to drink from this fountain, why shouldn't you? Is the downside really as bitter as the Tucks feel it is? How would it affect our world if the word got out? I do feel like the book kind of begs the question of why the Tucks couldn't learn more, grow more, have their sons find girls who would want to live eternally with them. I wonder if that's part of the curse of the magical fountain, that they are somehow stuck in stasis mentally as well as physically. I still would be tempted to take a chance on the fountain, but knowing I could never die or change, no matter what, would give me pause for thought. I'd be worried that eventually I'd feel like I was permanently in Sweet Valley High, unable to escape.It's an interesting little book and a quick read. I recommend it.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-05-05 05:34

    I read this book as a birthday gift to the one and only Awesome Kat Stark who is celebrating her birthday on September 27.SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAT!Read her wonderful review by clicking on her name. I confess. Once in my young life, I dreamed of becoming immortal and invisible and you have to admit you did too. What, no? You didn’t? Oh come on, admit it! Don’t leave me alone here!Anyway, even if you deny it, I’m here to speak on behalf of you dorks who dreamed of impossible dreams- of flying, of different supernatural abilities and of becoming superheroes and there’s no shame in that. We were all children after all.This classic tale addresses one of our childhood fantasies-immortality.Wisely told in a genuine classic formula, this is a heartwarming story about the Tuck family who never grew old. Like any classic middle school books, this one will fascinate you, teach you, inspire you, entertain you and make you tear up a little (it’s inevitable).After all, how can we forget Spidey’s uncle’s great words:*sniffs*You’ll never go wrong with middle school books!AGAIN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAT! Enjoy your special day! <3 Want the same birthday gift, my friends? Please comment by mentioning your birth date and the book you recommend. This is going to be so much fun!

  • Casey
    2019-05-06 04:32

    This book is a quiet read. Even the drama has a hot, sleepy, summer feel to it. Have a lazy long weekend to just curl up, this is a small and in someways sad, read.I teach this book to my students for lots of reasons. It lets us talk about metaphors and similes. The language is not complicated but it is artistic. I use it when working with predicting texts. Also, and maybe mostly, it's great for some of those big questions if you're having your students reflect upon life and family. What would you do if you could live forever? What about your family? What is a family? Who is a hero and who is a villain? Good choices, safe choices, right choices or bad choices and why? etc., etc., etc.

  • Anne
    2019-05-17 05:29

    REREAD: Feb. 8/ 2016I watched a movie yesterday that led me to reflect a bit on life, humanity and immortality. And eventually, after a train of exhaustive musings on the aforementioned subjects, I decided I wanted to read something pertaining to them. But what? I really don't know of any other books that explore the subject of life and perils of immortality, except for this one. Hence, my reread. I read this in about 3 hours because I didn't indulge too much or peruse the story with tedious attention. It was so easy to get by because I anticipated the story's line of progression. I almost knew it scene by scene. THE QUESTION AND ANSWERThe question is: Do I still feel the same way I did when I first read this? The answer: Yes. And no. Yes, I still think I wouldn't appreciate eternal life. I still think It's a long and lonely stretch into nothingness. How tiresome and staggeringly painful would that be? To watch worlds, ages and men pass away while you remain. To have to reinvent and reorient yourself in life. Over and over again, living an ageless and interminable life of love and loss. What a vicious cycle indeed! I shiver just thinking about it. And what about death? Couldn't death be a miracle of it's own. A small, kind, and cynical sort of miracle. It's easy to think like this because at the end of the day, death truly is all the option we have. I wonder how fast I'll fling my songs of "cursed immortality" out the window if immortality ever happened to show up at my doorstep with a proposition in hand. That's the difference between what is and what if, I guess. Me. I'm organic and volatile. I'm the difference, and choice makes all the difference. Just like Winnie's did. I think of Winnie's choice, how bittersweet the ending of this book was because of it. And it makes me sad and happy all at once. With the Tucks, my feelings are in an unrivaled state of monopoly. I feel incredibly sad for them. The one thing they never had was the privilege of choice. Or at least the illusion of it, because of course, death again, is imminent and unavoidable. I honestly wonder how I'll feel the next time I reread this.FIRST READ: Nov. 29/2015"Know what that is, all around us, Winnie?" said Tuck, his voice low. "Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together."It's a wheel, Winnie. Everything's a wheel, turning" Yesterday morning the first snow fell. I had gone through more than half of this book and I was still wondering, "what's so bad about not dying? Seems like a pretty good thing to me." I took a little break from reading, got out of bed and looked out the window. And there it was, the very first snow. I once hated snow, I'm an autumn baby, and I love spring. I'm not a fan of summer or winter. But over the years, my point of view has shifted a little. I think I like snow and winter a little more with each passing year. It just gets more beautiful every time it comes around.And I like that you know, that some things just get more beautiful every time you see them. And still there are some things that remain just as beautiful as the first day you saw them, never really becoming less or more. Unchanging. Somehow you get accustomed to their charm, and the effect is lost on you. It's not that beauty itself is lost or diminished, you just aren't startled or awed by it anymore. I think I like the first variant more.I know, I know. But what does this have to do with the review? Well I thought about it. What if there was snow all year round? What if spring didn't give life, summer didn't celebrate it, autumn didn't kill it, and winter didn't bury it in heaps of white? A life without change. Everlasting stagnancy. Would that life be as precious? I don't think I'd appreciate nature and the seasons as much, or think them as beautiful. I don't think I'd like it at all. Time and change are all part of the entirety of life. Birth and death, seasons changing, trees lush and barren--it's the circle of life, and nothing is more beautiful. And that's what this book is trying to saying. You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we gotThe Tucks are a family doomed to live an endless life, they bear the curse of immortality. Ten year old Winnie Foster is a sheltered and miserable girl who longs for freedom and dreams of running away. The lives of the two parties become entwined, and Winnie learns a little about the value of life in the first week of August, in the year 1880. But dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born. You can't pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing. This story, the writing, the message, all of it was just simple and beautiful. A lesson and toast:Here's to dying, butfirst living.4.5/5 stars.

  • Councillor
    2019-05-07 00:14

    Tuck Everlasting is one of those books everyone should read at a young age. After all, who hasn't ever thought at least once about how it would be to live eternally, to be free to do everything you want to, to embrace life in all its different facets? The way this short novel deals with eternal life - and raising the question about whether or not that can be considered a blessing or doom - makes it an important addition to the literary world.Fast-paced and easy to read, this is a book to devour in the course of three or four short hours, and while not the most involving book which can be found out there, at least it is able to make you think about what it would be like to (have to) live like the Tuck family does: Wandering around eternally and restlessly, comdemned to live on this earth until its very end. The book itself introduces the character of Winnie Foster, an eleven-year-old girl who meets the Tuck family and soon learns of their unbelievable secret: that the four members of that family are immortal after they drank from a magic spring.Natalie Babbitt's prose is strong and powerful, drawing a convincing picture of how life can possibly work without death. Yet the book in itself is not without flaws; she never allowed the characters to become realistic. For me, especially the Tuck family felt like a gathering of stereotypes, and the lack of dynamics between the family members itself didn't help matters. Yet the potential was exploited almost completely, additionally helped by some strong messages (the connection between life and death, the ideas of human greed and constant change, the contrast between morality and craving, and the values of love and humanity).The only thing which constantly bothered me was the way the Tuck family behaved - at least except for Jesse, the youngest son. If you are condemned to live your life on this earth forever, why constantly complain about your situation rather than actually doing something purposeful with your immortality? But then, maybe that was yet another message Babbitt implied in her novel: that the good-hearted are almost never those who actually want to change something in this world, while those with immoral and evil-minded purposes long to rule the world.

  • Julie
    2019-05-18 08:26

    Natalie Moore was a writer and an illustrator who went on to marry a fellow writer named Samuel Fisher Babbitt.Bibbity bobbity boo, next thing we knew, Natalie Moore was writing as Natalie Babbitt.And Ms. Babbitt went on to write this famous little book called Tuck Everlasting, a young adult story with a delicious cover and a clever, real writer's name. A name that kept reminding me of someone who'd be related to Bilbo Baggins and Peter Rabbit. And, if you know Beatrix Potter's work, you can recognize that Natalie married a man whose two names are also titles of two of Potter's famous tales: Samuel Whiskers and Mr. Jeremy Fisher.So. . . was it a coincidence that Ms. Babbitt's writing was so incredibly playful? So magical? I'm not sure, but it is. It made me think of both Beatrix Potter and Lewis Carroll, and the 10-year-old protagonist, Winnie Foster, takes readers on an Alice-esque journey of wonder and questions and confusion.Here, in Tuck Everlasting, the grass is “forlorn,” the sky is “blue and hard now,” and the sun is "a ponderous circle without edges.”Yet, it is not another world, a middle-earth, or any such thing. It is the United States, circa 1880; but you realize quickly that Ms. Babbitt loved the natural world and liked playing around in a mess of words. Words that work, and are fun.But, in case you get confused and think it's playtime. . . Ms. Babbitt also lets you know that she likes to think really big thoughts. . . and she challenges Winnie Foster and the reader with the killer question: if you could be immortal, here on earth, would you be?She asks the question, then she gives you several different ways of looking at this “blessing” of eternal life on earth.By the end, you and Winnie are left scratching your ears.You wonder. This book is full of wonder. And it's wonderful for readers and writers to be exposed to Ms. Babbitt, who writes like a hobbit.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-05-10 08:20

    Really...try not to cry.Reread for our #tmgreadalong classics challenge! Discussion on the blog Friday 1/30.

  • Melki
    2019-04-29 00:34

    "Know what that is, all around us, Winnie?" said Tuck, his voice low. "Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together."Geez - who wouldn't want to live forever? Just think of the unlimited time to read; you'd finally get to EVERYTHING on your list. There'd be time to learn to play an instrument . . . all the instruments! You'd have all the time in the world to master all sorts of skills.But, there would be drawbacks, of course there would. (Just ask Dr. Who.) You'd have to watch your loved ones grow old and die. You'd still need to work and earn money. And, one thing I never thought of until I read this book - you'd need to move around quite a bit, as others became suspicious of your lack of visible aging. "I want to grow again," he said fiercely, "and change. And if that means I got to move on at the end of it, then I want that, too. If people knowed about the spring down there in Treegap, they'd all come running like pigs to slops. They'd trample each other, trying to get some of that water. That'd be bad enough, but afterwards - can you imagine? All the little ones little forever, all the old ones old forever. Can you picture what that means? Forever? The wheel would keep rolling by to the ocean, but the people would've turned into nothing but rocks by the side of the road."I've decided that if I'm going to work as a children's librarian, I should probably read some of the classics. I suppose this is considered a classic; though it was only published in 1975, it seems much older. There is a timeless appeal to this book, but perhaps it is it's subject matter that makes it seem immortal. I mostly enjoyed the book. Things that annoyed other readers - the age difference between Winnie and Jesse, the few plot holes, the ending - didn't bother me a bit. Ah, the ending . . . I loved the ending. I loved that the author (view spoiler)[did not shy away from death - a sad, but necessary part of life. (hide spoiler)]I would recommend this one. READ it! (I wish I had - I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Peter Thomas. He did a fine job, but his voice reminded me of those voice-overs from all the film strips I was forced to watch in elementary school. Ugh! Is it time for recess yet?)

  • Kristina Horner
    2019-05-14 06:37

    Never actually read this book as a child - only saw the movie. Listened to the audiobook for booktubeathon with my boyfriend and we both loved it! It's a very radio-drama-esque good vs. evil story, but it's charming and fun and we had a delightful time.

  • Duane
    2019-05-18 07:20

    This review contains spoilers.The year is 1880. The Tuck family lives in the small rural town of Treegap, New Hampshire. There is a spring there, located in the Foster's Wood, with water that will give you immortality. If you are 17 when you drink it, 17 you will be forever. The Tuck family knows this because 80 years earlier they drank the water and haven't aged a day since. But now 10 year old Winnie Foster has discovered their secret which creates all kinds of problems for everyone involved, and so the story unfolds. Would you do it if you could? After reading this you will think maybe, but maybe not. It's a thought provoking story with great characters that are easy to love, and the ending has a little bit of a twist.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-04-28 04:39

    The Cullen family meets Gretel minus Hansel. The vampire family in that Stephanie Meyer’s popular saga moves from one town or city to another because they are immortals and they don’t want people to notice that their appearance does not change. This is similar to the Tuck family here in Natalie Babbitt’s children’s slim novel, Tuck Everlasting. However, the Cullens are vampires and the idea of vampires being immortals was originally thought of by Bram Stoker while the Tucks have drank water from the spring of youth which is similar to the fountain of youth that was first thought of by Herodotus several years ago before the birth of Jesus Christ.If Gretel and Hansel fooled the wicked witch by making them feel a bone that they found inside the iron cage (presumably a bone from the witch previous captive), 10-y/o Winnie Foster, this novel’s main protagonist, fooled the prison personnel by covering herself with the bed sheet and pillows to make her as big as Mae Tuck who was imprisoned for killing the man who overheard the family’s secret. I thought that both of these are silly but these are children’s books and both were written a long time ago. Wait… Tuck Everlasting was first published in 1975 and when it’s movie adaptation was shown in 2002, Disney executives changed several aspects of the story presumably to make it more believable, plausible and logical:1. In the book, Winnie wants to run away because she is tired of being cooped up being the only child. While reading and I hadn’t checked Wiki yet, I thought that this reason is flimsy considering that their family is rich and being an only child she naturally gets and enjoys has all the attention. Well the book did not really elaborate her problem but I thought it was not logical even on a child’s perspective. I guess this is the reason why the film executives change the reason to that of Winnie being planned to be sent by her parents to a boarding school.2. In the book, to save Mae, Miles Tuck removes the window and Winnie switches places with Mae Tuck. This is the impossible or already used-a-million-times scheme and I thought it lacked imagination. So the film executives probably were with me so they concocted a more elaborate situation in the film: Winnie tells the prison guard that the people who kidnapped her are back to get her. He runs outside with a shotgun to face them. He shoots them, but runs away when he sees they cannot die. Meanwhile, Winnie grabs his keys and unlocks Mae and Angus's cell doors.I thought it was a more sensible scheme.3. In the book, Winnie seems to be falling in love with Jesse. What??? A 10-y/o young girl looking at a 17-y/o boy like she is staring at a pinup model on a Playgirl magazine? This might be an exaggeration but Winnie described Jesse twice in her mind as beautiful with the green eyes like jade or something. I am not sure about this but when my daughter was 10, she was as innocent as a babe in the woods and did not have crushes yet and she looked at boys like playmates to shoot balls with. I know it is different from one girl to the next but my daughter was also an only child and they say that the people of yesteryears were more conservative than this or the recent generations including mine. So, probably the film executives saw this and they changed Winnie’s age to 15 which I think is more reasonable. Wait, this book was published in 1975 during the hippie generation, Beat generation and rock and roll era so probably Natalie Babbitt was a young writer belonging to those generations and 10-y/o girls are way advance in their notions of free love?I can see why some readers would like this book but not me. Sorry.

  • Maddie D
    2019-05-14 02:13

    2/20/13My class is currently reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. My favorite part in the book is when Jesse asks Winnie if she wants to wait 6 years and then get married and go on adventures. I like this part in the book because you would never expect that it would happen. It was an interesting and surprising part of this book. I can relate to Winnie because I always wanted to be my own independent person. I always wanted to walk to school by myself and pack my own lunch, I just wanted to be responsible like Winnie. The book Tuck Everlasting is a great book because it can be mysterious when the man in the yellow suit follows Winnie and the Tucks. It can also be very interesting because the Tucks are immortal, which is very unrealistic but it makes the story interesting. It's like what it would be if it the world was immortal. It really makes you think about it if you get down deep into the story. Some characters like being immortal, some don't. Personally I think it would be pretty cool if I was immortal because you would get to see what the world is like in the future. You would also never have to worry about getting hurt because you live forever and your always the same age. You would get to experience so many different time frames and changes. It would be awesome if I got to live forever just like the Tucks get to do in the book Tuck Everlasting.2/26/13The theme of Tuck Everlasting is "Never trust people even if they look nice at first." The reason why I believe this is the theme is because Winnie thought the man in the yellow suit was friendly and nice, but he’s also acting very suspicious like he knows something about Winnie’s family. Well the man in the yellow suit definitely wasn't nice because he followed Winnie when she got kidnapped and took the Tucks horse to go to Winnie's house and try to make a trade with Winnie's family. Then he goes back to the Tuck's and tells them he’s selling the woods and tried to take Winnie. Now he’s trying to force Winnie to drink the spring water! The theme “Never trust people even if they look nice at first,” definitely follows this book. Luckily Mae hit the man in the yellow suit in the head with the gun, else things would have gone really bad. At least Winnie can trust the Tuck’s. This theme also applies in real life because if you trust strangers they could do something bad to you. Like the man in the yellow suit tried to do to Winnie.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-04-27 03:16

    Actual rating, 3.5 stars.This is a perfectly whimsical read and, had my younger self read this, then I could see this becoming a firm childhood favourite. As it is, I feel I am too old to really appreciate the fantastic and yet simplistic story. It saddens me to say this, really. It means that my more mature self has picked plot holes and problems where only beauty and simplicity should reign. This is living proof that growing up is definitely bad for you!The story was poignant, whimsical and sweet and exactly what I was expecting. The descriptions the novel opened with transported me into the world and I found this wonderfully eloquent for a book aimed at a younger audience. I also fell in love with the characters. Our protagonist, Winnie, and the entire Tuck family feel warm and welcoming to the reader and I felt a fuzzy feeling inside whilst reading this!My problems with the novel were really only minor inconsistencies, and yet they jarred with my understanding and enjoyment of the novel. There were many coincidences and plot holes and, again, this is something that probably would not bother or even be picked up on by the audience it was aimed for. I also felt like the age difference between Winnie and Jesse was wrong on so many levels...In all, this is a very sweet and simplistic tale and I am only sorry that I had not read it when I was younger, to truly appreciate the brilliance of the story.

  • Banny Carstairs
    2019-05-18 00:26

    Actual rate 4.5What a short and yet remarkable story. I just wish the prologue were longer.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-05-14 01:26

    One could say that almost every book I read in my 5th grade class made some kind of an impression on me. Perhaps because these books were beyond the trite, fluff books I had been reading once I'd gotten over my reading difficulties. Such books like Sleepover Friends and Baby-Sitters Club passed the time. But my reading teacher (Mrs. Llewellyn) picked winners for every book. This one was a most definite favorite. Not only an interesting story, but one that made you think and truly ask yourself questions about what you believed and why.Read again for Children's Lit class in May 2006 for classic fiction lesson. Review: Still wonderful after 13 years. More symbolism than I first recognized. Great imagery. Tale to make you think. I agree with it being a classic.

  • Erin Lynn
    2019-05-11 02:37

    Do you think immortality is a curse or a blessing? What if you were given the choice to age normally or halt your life at this moment and stay that way forever just by drinking a bit of water? That's what young Winnie Foster has to decide in this beloved novel by Natalie Babbitt.Even though I'm pretty sure that I've read this book before (don't think less of me for not remembering; it was over twelve years ago), I had a very pleasant time reading this classic children's novel. I love the story that Babbitt creates and the questions that she gives her young readers. It's cute, happy, and sad all at the same time, so it makes for an interesting and emotionally pulling read.I loved Winnie's story, and seeing how just stepping outside of her fence made her world seem so much bigger until finally it's gigantic when she reaches the Tuck's cabin. Even when I was ten years old, my boundaries made the world seem so small until they were expanded, so I thought that was very representative of a young child's life. Coming across Jesse Tuck in the woods and subsequently meeting the rest of the Tuck family showed Winnie a lot about life and really living, and it made me wish that I could really have the chance to choose to age gracefully or be immortal.The characters in this charming book do not disappoint. Obviously I liked Winnie because she knows that she's not extraordinarily special. She's just Winnie Foster - the girl with an overprotective family, the girl who's not allowed to leave her yard and the girl who talks to toads. Jesse and his brother, Miles, are fun characters, but quite honestly I feel like I didn't really get to know them very well in the book, especially Miles. I wouldn't have minded a few more pages for Babbitt to explore them a little more. The man in the yellow suit is a mysterious, yet intriguing character. I liked how Babbitt characterizes him, and I'm sure many kids will be able to figure him out before the conclusion of the novel. My favorite characters in the book were Tuck and Mae. They seemed like they genuinely cared about Winnie and her decision, although at one point I was concerned that they wanted to keep her as a pet.Tuck Everlasting is a book that I think all children should read in the later years of elementary school (or earlier if they are on the advanced track). It's short enough for kids to read in a few days, maybe even one day, but it contains some important life questions that might make children rethink their opinions about immortality.

  • Margie aka The Bumble Girl
    2019-05-21 00:20

    Some books never change. No matter how old you get :)

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-21 02:32

    As far as I know, this award-winning, modern-classic is still on the Grade 5 curriculum in BC schools. The story deals with the universal themes of life and death; the main idea being that there is a natural cycle to life. If you could choose to live forever, would you do so? What would it be like if you did? This story poses these two questions, and asks the reader to think. At the same time, Natalie Babbitt entertains by writing a highly engaging narrative, filled with beautiful and descriptive language. Our lives may not be timeless, but this book is. If you missed out on it in your youth, it isn’t too late to pick it up now.

  • Renata
    2019-05-04 08:24

    Many more readers if all ages are now enjoying the wide range of powerful stories written for YA audiences. Tuck Everlasting has remained one of my favorites.I'm writing this quick little review today because I learned the author, Natalie Babbitt, has just passed away and so her stories and the ways in which they touched my life are foremost in my mind today.I taught this book for many years as a fifth grade teacher and I hope it continues to be read by readers of all ages. It is a lyrical, philosophical book. Tadiana wrote such a beautiful captivated me all over again. I'll reread the book tonight in tribute to Ms Babbitt.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-05-11 04:21

    The book was well written and I liked how immortality was sen through the eyes of 6 people, but the Winnie/Jesse relationship was a little creepy. Despite that I liked it.

  • James Govednik
    2019-05-01 00:27

    Despite its longtime popularity, I had never read this book. The audio CD by Peter Thomas is excellent. In this fantasy, 10-year old Winnie stumbles upon the secret of the Tucks' magic spring. Although the setting is the late 1800s, Natalie Babbit's writing pushes that part of the setting to the background, immersing us fully in the characters. The poetic elements of the writing, the beautiful descriptions of the natural settings, the imagery--it was all so rich I often reached for the book after getting out of the car so I could savor some of Babbitt's writing one more time. Her descriptions of the summer days of 10-year old Winnie took me back--that's how I remember summer. No Tucks, or men in yellow suits around, but idle moments along quiet roads and journeys down paths and into woods were revived in my memory. Maybe reading it at a later time in life made me more attuned to the Tucks dilemma. The way the author leads us through the plot to confront questions of morality and of existence is wonderful. Along the way, tension repeatedly rises and then frames a question, and the reader is drawn into Winnie's situation--what would we do? The elder Tuck's soliloquy, while taking Winnie out on the water to fully explain things, generates a level of compassion for the Tucks as if they were our own dearest relatives. Babbitt draws on timeless images: the changing of the seasons, like a wheel, circling around; the fleeting strains of a distant melody; the contrast of youthful exuberance and aging weariness, of joy and tragedy; the waters, flowing, always flowing--at least for some. This is a great book for young and old alike--timeless, like the Tucks.

  • Karen
    2019-05-05 02:39

    I've seen the movie and saw this at the library. I'm in a young adult kick that's two books long. I liked the movie well enough for watching it on cable with commercials and probably edited. I have high hopes for the book. I'm only on chapter four and there have been some charming turns of phrase.Unlike [i]Midwife's Apprentice[/i], this one is being established from the very beginning like a fable and it feels magical. I expect I shall find fable all the the way through.UPDATED March 30OK, I really did like this book. It did stay fable all the way through. I don't really want to do an intensive close-reading of the story, so I'll just point out some of the themes that caught my eye:TemptationLonelinessLoveChaos v. OrderI think the theme of Chaos v. Order was the most complex in the book. Not that it was hard to spot or that the other themes were simplistic, but chaos and order permeated everything, from the fenced yard to the cabin in the forest, to the messy house, to the consequences of falling out of your place in the universe. There's the idea, too, that the girl whose name I can't believe I have forgotten, can't make friends until she drops some of the order out of her life (although the Tucks can't find friends within the chaos that they live). I think I have a new favorite literary line, too (which I'll have to look up to be exact); it's the one where they are saying how they are simple folk and don't know what they did to be blessed or cursed in this way.All around a fantastic little book, that never resorts to preaching or lecturing about the life cycle and being thankful for what you have.

  • Liz Janet
    2019-04-22 01:28

    “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” If you had the opportunity to drink from the spring of youth and live forever, would you? And would you show it to someone else?

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-10 04:15

    Tuck Everlasting is definitely classic and really unforgettable; it was one of the first books I read as a kid that actually made me really think about life itself.

  • Jon
    2019-05-03 05:17

    Just as sweet and heartbreaking the second time around, it's no surprise that this one is so revered.

  • Liv Fisher
    2019-05-04 06:20

    I read this way back when I was in middle school, so I'll do my best to put some sort of tolerable review together. ;)My initial thoughts: "Oh, great. The first chapter is entirely description."The next thought: "???"Then: "Wait. She's ten, and he's, like, an adult."And finally: "THIS WAS AMAZING. Crazy weird 'cause the romance was just... weird, man. But otherwise, past the really weird and descriptive beginning, this book was just plain awesome."Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting is one of the few classics I've enjoyed. Winnie, a ten-year-old, rebellious (yet sensible) girl stumbles across the Tucks: A family of immortals, haunted by memories of losing their loved ones... to life.Though it was rather sad at times, I loved how this book portrayed death as sometimes being a blessing. Having just read Twilight (FYI, it was only the first two books, and I was twelve; I loved Twilight at the time, but I don't suggest ever letting a kid read them), this assigned novel was perfectly timed. I honestly expect to hate it, but it was somehow pretty enjoyable.A little note that the movie was definitely better than the book. Disney fixed the weird age gap, and just made it quite a bit better. :)But yes, this was a good read. My apologies for my thoughts being so all-over-the-place. :P

  • Kasey H
    2019-05-01 03:39

    February 20, 2012Like all the other kids in fifth grade, we are all reading Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. I'd like to focus on Mae Tuck, the mother in the family. Now, Mae is a person, as you all know, who is different from the rest of the world. Along with her family members, who are also "different from the rest of the world." I shouldn't have to worry to much about spoiling her character, because everybody is pretty much at the same part of the book. Not that I was planning on spoiling, but just in case I go in to to much detail! Anyways! Mae, in my opinion is pretty important to this story- so far. She is very kind- hearted, and cares about others. Mae can tell that Winnie is missing home, and is a little confused about this whole situation. Mae takes care of that right away! From living forever, she really has realized what everybody needs! A lot of time for her to analyze what people need. Who would know that she would be so good with children? She does have two of her own, Jesse and Miles. So that might help with caring for kids. Overall, I think Mae is the character who makes this story tense and action packed. She came in on the horse when everything was about to go wrong, which started all the good parts. She also saved Winnie from a decision she would regret for the rest of her life. Some of you might not agree, but Mae is the one who puts this story into action!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------February 25, 2013Now- what's the theme for Tuck Everlasting? A lot of things, right? What keeps popping into my head, is exactly these words. "What others think of you shouldn't matter. What matters, is what you think of your self." If you really think into the story, that is a thought that pops up a lot! Mae is a nice person, but every friend she has ever had has thought she was so different, and that looking the same forever was crazy. From that, she has never had a loving friend. Just to say it- but what all her friends might be thinking about her is jealousy. They probably want to look young forever! I just had to put that thought out there! This theme comes up with Miles too. His wife left him because he thought he had some type of "Witch Magic." What made Miles even more unhappy was that she brought his kids with him! If I were Miles I would be thinking this about somebody who took MY family away from me"you never let anyone else have a word in this situation. What if they thought it was cool living forever!" Just so you know, in Jesse's situation, "everyone else" would be his kids. Angus Tuck too! This happened in his life, but he has a different point of view. He doesn't like living forever. He wants to age and die like everyone else. He sits around watching friends live a normal life while he lives a "living forever" life. I guess that example is pretty much the opposite of my theme, but if I tell you that it's the opposite than, maybe that will help you understand the real theme. Jesse Tuck doesn't know what his feelings really are. In the situation where he told Winnie, that when she turns sixteen, to drink the spring water, then her and Jesse can get married. So Jesse is a great person to follow my theme! He doesn't care what everyone thinks of him, he just cares about himself. Not in the selfish way, but in a good way! He always looks to the positive! Most of the other characters don't go along very well with my theme, but they sure go along with the story! Let me include this information real quick! Don't forget this book is by Natalie Babbitt. Thanks for letting me squeeze that in! My theme doesn't ONLY go along with the story, but it goes along with life. You should take my theme into consideration, al least I hope you will!

  • Olivia L.
    2019-05-18 07:30

    2/18/13I am currently reading a book called Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt, along with the rest of 5th grade. So far, I like the character Winnie Foster, because I can really relate to her. Our ages are close and she seems like she has the same reactions that I would have to all the crazy things that have happened ever since she got kidnapped. Some things I find interesting about her though. Like the fact that she is in "love" with 17 year old, Jesse, and obviously he has feeling for her. He wants to get married and go on all kinds of adventures to explore the world. She also feels scared of course because she has been kidnapped by people that expect her to believe that they are immortal. A way I can relate to that is when you want to do the "fun" thing and believe it's the right thing, I'd say in this case, marrying Jesse, but I guess in reality the right thing is to keep life as it is and don't ruin the cycle of life. I think that she might be to "struck by love" to understand that the right thing is to listen to Angus. Anyway, I can't wait to read on and see what happens with the man in the yellow suit...! -----------------------------------------------------------------------2/25/13So far what I think the theme is, is that really, no matter what happens to you, you should make a good decision. Sometimes when you are tempted to do the wrong thing, you should think about the future consequences, and how it could affect you later, just like how Winnie should think about drinking the spring water and ruining her wheel of life. But what really stinks is that she likes Jesse and she wants to go for his idea about getting married and drinking the spring water. But she also wants to keep life as a "wheel" and wants to... unfortunately die, after all it is part of the human life cycle.

  • Carolyn S
    2019-04-27 06:30

    Our class is currently reading the book "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt. And I have to say, I actually like the book so of the reasons I think it's enjoyable is because of the characters. One of the most puzzling (also one of my favorites :) characters is the strange man in the yellow suit ( <--- his so-called name.) Too most people, he would be considered as a stalker, but even though they think that, there is still a deeper meaning in it. The author makes his appearance so mysterious and there are a lot of possibilities about who he's working for, his motivation, and allies. Even though, in each class we get to uncover more info about him, and reach deeper into the book, we're still not sure about who he is. I hope we can finish the book soon, to figure out who this man is!!_________________________________________________THEME: In my opinion, the theme is that...."even though you may not like the circle of life, it still benefits you in the end." Why? Well because the whole book is basically wrapped around the idea that the Tuck family can live "forever." And even though Winnie seems to like the idea, she doesn't really realize the great risks. Like when the fish was about to die out of water, she begged Miles to throw it back in. But afterwards maybe she realized that (just like the mosquito) all things are meant to die...and being stuck in the same spot on the wheel of life might not be as great as you'd think. And normally after reading another chapter, the theme is still stuck in my head.