Tuck EverlastingBook - 1975
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DBRL_KrisA Jul 30, 2017
It never entered my mind, while reading this book, how much like a classic fairy tale it is. The gift of immortality, the villain, even the toad that may be more than he seems - is he an enchanted prince? (Spoiler alert: no.)
Winnie accidentally discovers a family that has (accidentally) become ... Read More »
This book is one that I could give you a very vague summary of: immortal family that drank from a spring, a toad/frog, and a motorcycle at the end . . . But the first ponderings of immortality and what it might lead to, those will always stick with me.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when
they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now
share their secret about a spring whose water prevents you from
ever growing any older.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
gracemckenna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20
blue_cheetah_2241 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
blue_hummingbird_271 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over
QuotesAdd a Quote
Your selfishness is really quite extraordinary, and worse than that, you're stupid.
"Well then, listen." He knelt beside her, his curls tumbled and his eyes wide. "I been thinking it over. Pa's right about you having to keep the secret. It's not hard to see why. But the thing is, you knowing about the water already, and living right next to it so's you could go any time, well, listen, how'd it be if you was to wait till you're seventeen, same age as me--heck, that's only six years off--and then you could go and drink some, and then you could go away with me! We could get married, even. We could have a grand old time, go all around the world, see everything. Listen, Ma and Pa and Miles, they don't know how to enjoy it, what we got. Why, heck Winnie, life's to enjoy yourself, isn't it? What else is it good for? That's what I say. And you and me, we could have a good time that never, never stopped. Wouldn't that be something?"
"What we have, us Tucks, it's not living. We just are. Like rocks on the side of a mountain."
"Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of unlived life, you don't have to live forever, you just have to live!"
"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."
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.
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?
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.
SummaryAdd a Summary
Winnie wants to runaway but ends up being "taken" by the Tucks. The tucks have a secret.....they will never age and they will never die. All because they drank from a certain spring.
An evil man wants to sell that water and use them as freaks.
Will he get away with it? what will happen? Well just read the amazing book and you'll find out!
Young Winnie wants to run away from home. She gets 'kidnapped' by the Tuck family who supposedly are all over 100 years old. Winnie find s out that they do not age because they drank a magic water from a spring. A strange man in a yellow suit follows the tucks and plans to sell the water. Will he? What will happen to the Tucks. Read and find out!
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!
winnie foster has to decide whether or not to join the tucks who can live forever or spill the secret.
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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