“Life’s got to be lived, no matter how long or short… You got to take what comes. We just go along, like everybody else, one day at a time.”
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: This is a novel that begs the question of what is really important in a young girl’s life and how will the answer to that question impact the rest of their lives. The story is a fantasy that surrounds a family named Tuck who through accidentally stumbling upon a spring in a wood, which after they drink from are given the gift of eternal life. In order for their secret to ever be discovered they travel quietly around the countryside. But before too long a young girl named Winnie Foster learns their secret. Throughout the story she grows to love and care for the family so much so that she will do anything she can to protect them. As the story progresses that love is tested when a villain desires to steal the family's secret for himself. another battle that Winnie must face is whether or not she is going to choose to live eternally with the Tuck family or let her life play out the way it was originally meant to.
1. How is the pond water similar to life itself?
2. Why does Tuck liken himself and his family to “rocks beside the road?”
3. What are your emotions surround the ending of this story?
4. What do you think about Jesse's offer to Winnie? Would you agree to drink the water? Are your reasons that similar to Winnie's?