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Tuck Everlasting
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Author Natalie Babbitt
Translator french
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) Language Arts
Genre(s) Children's book, Fantasy
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date 1975
Media type Print
Pages 106 pdsfres
ISBN ISBN 0-374-48009-5

Tuck Everlasting is a fantasy children's novel with magical realism, written by Natalie Babbitt and published in 1975. The book explores the concept of immortality and the reasons why it might not be as beneficial as it appears at first glance. The book was made into a movie in 1981 and then again as a remake in 2002. Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 film based on the childrens book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Natalie Babbitt (born Dayton, Ohio, July 28, 1932) is a US author and illustrator of childrens books. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Basic Characteristics There is some debate as to what constitutes childrens literature. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Farrar, Straus and Giroux is a book publishing company, founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. ... The year 1975 in literature involved some significant events and new books. ... ISBN redirects here. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Childrens books redirects here. ... Natalie Babbitt (born Dayton, Ohio, July 28, 1932) is a US author and illustrator of childrens books. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fountain of Eternal Life in Cleveland, Ohio Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time, or in a state of timelessness. ... Tuck Everlasting is a 1981 film based on the childrens book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. ... Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 film based on the childrens book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. ...


Story

Winnie, sick of being felt like she was cooped in a cage, decided to run away and end this smothering, stilting, and suffocating lifestyle. She was always being told what to do and felt that if she was always being looked over, she'd never get the chance to do something important. She wanted freedom. She ended up running into the woods, where she saw a boy (Jesse Tuck that has brown,curly hair and a sunburn) hiding behind a gigantic tree drinking a low spring that spurt out of the ground. Winnie was "kidnapped" by the Tucks while being observed by the man in the yellow suit. Living with the Tucks, Winnie becomes used to their easy going way of life and develops a crush to Jesse, the Tucks' youngest son. He attempts to persuade Winnie to drink from the spring he was seen drinking out of earlier when she turns seventeen(same age as he is), which grants the drinker an everlasting life so she could stay with him forever and even suggests to get married. However, Jesse's father, Angus, warns her against it, explaining that it disrupts the natural cycle of life. He also admits that he wants to "live again" as a changing human and not be mired in time like "a rowboat stuck in the branches of a fallen tree", presenting Winnie with a moral conundrum.


Winnie's idyllic life with the Tucks is suddenly disrupted when the Tucks are discovered by a man wearing a yellow suit. The man reveals that he has been searching for an immortal family that was described by an apparently senile old woman - who turns out to be Miles' former wife. Discovering that Winnie has run away into the woods, he uses the information to obtain the Fosters' land claim to this part of the woods in exchange for Winnie's return. The man demands that the Tucks cover the location of the spring, but they instead assault him, with Mae dealing him a fatal blow to the head with the end of the gun Angus Tuck shot himself with just as the town constable arrived at the scene. They sentence Mae to death, but Winnie and the Tucks plan to rescue her by getting Mae and Angus out of the jailhouse. Since the Tucks wouldn't die when hung, people would find out their secret.


Winnie is reunited with her family and learns that Mae is in jail for murdering the man in the yellow suit and the plans are that they are to be hanged, ultimately revealing their secret. She helps them escape to another town. Jesse asks Winnie to run away with them, but she declines fearing that her family would persecute them all. Jesse gives Winnie a bottle of water to drink from the spring, vowing they will return to get her.


A few days later, Winnie finds a toad fleeing from a neighbor's dog. Instead of drinking the water herself, she decides to pour it onto the toad, deciding that there would be some more in the spring anyway. Many years pass before the Tuck family arrives to Winnie's. On their return, they learn that Winnie had chosen not to drink the water after all and died at the age of seventy-eight (1870-1948). As the Tucks are about to move on, a toad hops onto the road and nearly gets squished by a truck. Angus stops his carriage and waits for the toad to move; when it doesn't, he comments that the toad must have thought it would live forever.


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