Tuck Everlasting

Babbitt, Natalie

Book - 1975
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tuck Everlasting
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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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1975
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374378486
0374378487
Branch Call Number: j BABBITT
Characteristics: 139 p. ;,22 cm

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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.

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.

When she finds a spring whose waters provide everlasting life, Winnie must choose whether to live forever as a 10-year-old or to grow old, change and die as is the norm.


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Mar 06, 2015

What I found interesting about this book was that Tuck spoke to Winnie and told her it would be disadvantageous to drink the water because you would be stuck like they were and people would wonder why they weren't getting old.
First of all we get old and die because of the rebellion of Adam and Eve. It was an act of disobedience on their part when they turned on Jehovah "But as for the tree of knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die." Genesis 2:17
It seemed the Author took a tree that pronounced death and gave it life, not taking into account that it's because of imperfection we're prone to this.
However when Tuck looked at the man in the yellow suit and had a yearning when he saw he was dying, I thought he didn't realize what he was thinking.
Everlasting life is a gift that Jehovah gives on the merits of his son Jesus Christ.
"For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
You can live an everlasting life with youth, joy and plenty to do, not the heartache that one experiences now and NOT get stuck like Tuck said. We must never forget it's because of imperfection that we're like this.
Remember, Jesus was a child and grew up to be a man, a perfect man with vigor and strength.
Would you really pass that up?
And what really holds the meaning to life is what I'm sure many of us have, the Bible.

Nov 13, 2014

This book holds the meaning of life.

Aug 20, 2014
  • bookworm2_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was amazing I LOVED IT

Aug 04, 2014

This book isn't what i would call very awesome, and it's not one of my types. But when i read it, i actually enjoyed it and it wasn't so bad. So anyone whose deciding whether to read it or not! should give it a try and see c:

Jul 19, 2014
  • hannadebuse rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

book was ok

Jul 08, 2014
  • PamelaI rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved that book!!!♥

Jul 04, 2014
  • zunairaf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is very different and unique, which makes it fabulous.

Jun 17, 2014
  • radhakrishnan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I learnt that there is a cycle and people have to follow it.

Dec 12, 2013

After seeing the movie more than a few times over the years, I finally decided that I needed to read the book it was based on.

The book was light and enjoyable with a solid story line and sweet, enjoyable characters. In an age where we're striving to live longer and stay young, this book gets you thinking about the downside of being able to live forever... Especially when you don't have the option to die.

Nov 14, 2013
  • mismail rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is cray cray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mar 11, 2015

brown_horse_57 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Dec 09, 2014

Red_Duck_5 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • violet_cat_1889 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 08, 2014
  • blue_shark_865 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

blue_shark_865 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jun 17, 2014
  • radhakrishnan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

radhakrishnan thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

May 08, 2014

blue_cheetah_2241 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Dec 17, 2013
  • blue_hummingbird_271 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_hummingbird_271 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Aug 18, 2013
  • laikee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

laikee thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 30, 2013
  • yellow_cat_929 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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May 31, 2013
  • blue_dog_56917 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

blue_dog_56917 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 15

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Jul 04, 2014
  • zunairaf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of unlived life, you don't have to live forever, you just have to live!"

Jun 17, 2014
  • radhakrishnan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's a wheel, Winnie. Everything's a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush too. And people. but never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. Thats the way its supposed to be. That's the way it is."

Mar 08, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

So, I just read this book again to quote it in an essay I am writing and I found two quotations that I liked.

'Winnie thought about this peril to the frogs, and sighed. "It'd be nice," she said, "if nothing ever had to die." "Well, now, I don't know," said Miles. If you think on it, you come to see there'd be so many creatures, including people, we'd all be squeezed in right up next to each other before long."

I might put this quotation in my piece.
This one is just humorous though,

"How old are you anyway?" she asked, squinting at him. There was a pause. At last he said, "Why do you want to know?" "I just wondered," said Winnie. "All right. I'm one hundred and four years old," he told her solemnly. "No, I mean really," she persisted. "Well then," he said, "if you must know, I'm seventeen." "Seventeen?" "That's right." "Oh," said Winnie hopelessly. "Seventeen. That's old." "You have no idea," he agreed with a nod.

Sep 02, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The ownership of land is an odd thing when you come to think of it. How deep, after all, can it go? If a person owns a piece of land, does he own it all the way down, in ever narrowing dimensions, till it meets all other pieces at the center of the earth? Or does ownership consist only of a thin crust under which the friendly worms have never heard of trespassing?

Sep 02, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were, to say the least, relaxed. It wandered along in curves and easy angles, swayed off and up in a pleasant tangent to the top of a small hill, ambled down again between fringes of bee-hung clover, and then cut sideways across a meadow. Here its edges blurred. It widened and seemed to pause, suggesting tranquil bovine picnics: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplation of the infinite. And then it went on again and came at last to the wood. But on reaching the shadows of the first trees, it veered sharply, swung out in a wide arc, and passed around.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • zunairaf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

10-year-old Winnie Foster is tired of her family and is thinking of running away. One day, while in the woods, she meets a boy about the age of 17 drinking from a spring. The boy tells her that his name is Jesse, and he refuses to let Winnie drink the water. After this, she is kidnapped by Jesse's family, the Tucks. The Tucks tell her that the spring Jesse drank from gives eternal life to the drinker. Since their entire family drank from the spring, they are all immortal. A man eavesdrops on this conversation and goes to the Fosters with an offer to trade Winnie's location for the Fosters' woods, which contain the magical spring. They agree, and a constable goes with the man to retrieve Winnie. When the man arrives at the Tucks' house and tells them his plans for the spring, Mae, Jesse's mother, takes her husband's gun and swings it like a club at the man, killing him. The constable takes Mae to jail, and they learn that she is to be hanged. The Tucks and Winnie are frightened because if Mae is hanged, their secret about eternal life will be revealed. They soon come up with a plan for Winnie to take Mae's place in the jail cell while Mae leaves town with her family. Jesse gives Winnie a bottle of the spring water. Find out that if Winnie drinks the spring water or not!

Aug 19, 2013
  • laikee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

winnie foster has to decide whether or not to join the tucks who can live forever or spill the secret.

Dec 13, 2011
  • seb901 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the book Tuck Everlasting by Nathalie Babbitt there is the Tuck family who are immortal.A girl named Winnie is tired of her mother and decides to run away in the forest where she meets a boy drinking water from a magical spring. She gets to learn about him and his family (the tucks) and finds out they are immortal. Will everyone in the village find out and know that they are immortal or will it still be a secret?

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