Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Posted January 21st, 2011 by heidirowan

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In this short chapter book Babbitt captures the innocence of youth and its curiosity for life and love. The story begins with Mae Tuck riding down to Treegap to visit her two sons, Miles and Jesse, as she does every ten years. What is not immediately brought to the reader’s attention at this point is that Mae and her family are immortal. Originally from Treegap, they accidently stumbled upon a really old tree and drank from the stream at its roots not knowing the water had unnatural properties; it grants immortality. What might have been a blessing was only a burden. One of the sons soon meet little Winnie Foster, a child of the family who owns the forest where the tree resides, and attempts to entangle her in their everlasting life. Winnie’s infatuation for forces her to choose between living a normal life for living forever. The ending will completely surprise its young readers.


I first read this book in middle school for class and was one of the many girls sobbing at the end. It angered me; I couldn’t believe Winnie’s decision! I would never choose as she did. I would have chosen to live forever. The way the son comes back to Treegap years later to see if she’d chosen to live forever and finds that she’s dead and the tree has been cut down hit so hard, so fast, right to my heart. It was heartbreaking. I liked the way Babbitt used the frog to symbolize the bore Winnie felt life was at the beginning and then to show the immortality she gave up at the end. The moment she gave the frog the stream water I started balling. The ending left me a little shaken up and gloomy. My head couldn’t wrap around the concept of giving up that life she could have had.  I recommend it to any growing reader. I loved the themes of life, love, and appreciating what you have in the now. An AMAZING book.


Hi! I'm a high schooler who LOVES to read, but it wasn't always this way. I used to LOATHE reading and having to do it in school. Then my sister introduced me to the first Captain Underpants when i was in 4th grade and ever since then I've been hooked. I'm a sucker for any book with romance or fantasy romances. I also play in my school's band (I play TUBA!) and sing in the advanced choir. I read ever second i have the chance and when I'm not indulging in that hobby, I crochet random things for my family and friends.

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5 Responses to “Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit”

  1. Angie

    Awesome review!! I have never read this book, but it sounds like a really great book. I love “emotional” books.

  2. Angela Bowling

    WOW! I have not read the book, but I think that it is worth a look. Thanks,

  3. Gabi B.

    Usually finding a decent blog usually takes me at least half an hour to find what other people say about different books. It bugs me how some people go on and on about why they chose the book when they should be talking about the book! Even though I have never read any books by Natalie Babbit, your inspiring review really made me think, and tomorrow, I will unconsciously look for this book, and I always pay my gratitude when someone helps me find a new author to read and love.
    Thanks so much! :D

  4. Maddie

    I love that book! It’s the same story that I read but the cover is different. :D

  5. Heidi

    often the cover of the book is different depending on when it’s published and what its published for (like school editions are more bland).they re-illustrate books and their covers C:

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