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Tuck Everlasting

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  150,079 ratings  ·  5,555 reviews
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 follo ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1974)
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Kat Stark

I don’t normally read children’s or middle-grade books. I mean, I gave The Lightning Thief 3 stars even with the praises of 5 all over the place. It’s because I’m over that age of wonder. I can no longer connect to it like I used to and so, I always feel like my rating never does those books justice. For this particular novel, my childhood self and my adult self would rate it high...for it’s simplicity and depth. It is truly a remarkable story despite it’s flaws.

I wish that I had read it when I
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 g ...more
Aug 02, 2007 Monday rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a quiet read, ELA teachers 5th - 12th
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 y
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
About a month ago we visited 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 ...more
Wendy Darling
Really...try not to cry.

Reread for our #tmgreadalong classics challenge! Discussion on the blog Friday 1/30.
K.D. Absolutely
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 ...more
Maddie D

My 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
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 qu ...more
Erin Lynn
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 t
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 30
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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 descriptiv ...more
James Govednik
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 afte ...more
Carolyn S
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 ...more
Kasey H
February 20, 2012

Like 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 spoilin
Olivia L.
Feb 25, 2013 Olivia L. is currently reading it

I 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.
Cameron G.
I think that the theme for Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is everything is not as good as it seems. At first, when Winnie heard about the water, she wanted to go back and drink it. After Winnie was told that living forever wasn't as good as it seems she started to rethink weather or not drinking the water is a good idea. At first though, if the Tucks didn't let her, she would have probably had some and be sad forever. That's why I think the theme is everything is not as good as it seems.
Five Stars: A book that should be treasured and read time and time again.

Winnie Foster is tired of being cooped up and pampered. She is the only child of the Fosters who live in the "touch me not" cottage at the edge of the small woods. At ten, Winnie wants to see the world. Winnie promises the toad sitting by her gate that tomorrow she will run away to the woods. The next day, Winnie makes good on her promise. As she traverses the small wood, she wonders why she has never bothered to explore th
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Some books never change. No matter how old you get :)
Sep 19, 2009 Ivy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and adults
Recommended to Ivy by: My daughter
My daughter chose this audio book for a trip and when we started to listen, it instantly transported us to the world of Winnie Foster, whose family owns an enchanted wood behind her house and is the setting of her adventures.

Winnie is a 10 year-old girl with ideas of running away from home. On a walk through the woods behind her house, Winnie spies a young man of 17 drinking water from the base of a tree. She is instantly drawn to him as she watches him. When he realizes her presence, he is horr
Something in this book captures a very ordinary, real-life feel. Nothing is over dramatic, the story runs in an even flow. The story itself on a bigger picture is a contrast between living life with all the events that have to accompany it--including death--and running from those necessary events but not being able to live life. 10 year old Winnie meets a family who are going to live forever. When Winnie has the option to do so as well she has to decide what she really wants.
I love children's bo
Rebecca McNutt
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.
Just as sweet and heartbreaking the second time around, it's no surprise that this one is so revered.
Dylan S
My class is currently reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt This is a really good book so far and leaves me in suspense every single time we finish a chapter. This book for some reason reminds me so much of a book I read last year called 11 birthdays. This book reminds me of it because I think of magic when I think of it and 11 birthdays is about a girl who has to re-live her life every day until she finds out why. And that reminds me of Winnie being "kidnapped" by the Tucks. I really like ...more
Julian P
The character that I'm going to write about is Winnie Foster. I think that Winnie's feelings are curious, scared and excited. The reason that I think that is because Winnie was captured and she's curious about what will happen to her at the Tuck residence and scared/excited about what will happen to her next. I would probably feel the same if I were her because I would also be curious about if I would get hurt, get in trouble, or just plain become immortal with them. What I think will happen to ...more
Frances W.

I am currently reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. The Man in the Yellow Suit seems to be a curious and suspicious man. When he was talking to Winnie I thought he was nice but in a strange way, when he followed the Tucks, though, I knew something was up. I can now tell that he is not a type of man I would want to hang out with. The Man in the Yellow Suit is a very good sales person. When he was trying to get the woods he would keep on going and going, he even decided the Fosters
Feb 28, 2013 Leo is currently reading it

The Theme of Tuck Everlasting in my opinion so far is to always think twice about something, especially if it seems too good to be true. I assume this because Angus Tuck, who drank from the spring, said to Winnie that he highly regrets being able to live forever. He thinks that the supposed wheel of life should always spin round, people should always die and more should always be born, because if the wheel became broken, then everyone would be stuck forever like rocks by the side of a roa
Jude F.
I am currently reading Tuck Everlasting along with everyone else in the grade. Winnie Foster, a little girl who has been looking for a little exploration for a long time, has had alot happen to her since she decided to go into the wood.First she's kidnapped. next she told an insane story, and then has an awkward experience with Jesse. If I was Winnie, I would probably be freaking out at first, but then after awhile and I got to know the Tucks, I'd probably ease up a bit. I know what it's like t ...more
Maclean H
Feb 28, 2013 Maclean H is currently reading it
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I have been putting off reviewing this book for far too long. Not because I have nothing to say about it but because I'm afraid my ability to put pen to paper (so to speak) will not do justice to my thoughts and feelings about this book.

Yes, I am aware that this is a young adult novel, but this may be the most important book in my life. I first read it at the age of nine or ten and I'm sure that has something to with my reverence. This was the very first book I read that made me think, feel and
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Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore on July 28, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She has 3 children and is married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She is a grandmother of 3 and lives in Rhode Island.

She is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, li
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