Tuck Everlasting: The True Story

This is a sonopsis on the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Tuck Everlasting is a fictional novel written by Natalie Babbitt. This story takes place in the late 1800s. The town that the main character, Winnie, lives in is called Treegap. Her family owns a few acres of wide spread forest. In the forest there is a magical creek. The Tucks had drunk from the creek 87 years ago. These events lead to many problems in this great book. This 137-page book was published by Sunburst in 1985.

This story takes place in the New World during the late 1800s. Eighty years ago the Tucks drank from a creek in the middle of the forest. Later they found out the creek had the power to make anyone who drank from it live forever. It was the first week of August in 1881 and Winnie Foster had become fed up. She was tired of being penned up in the house which was at the forest edge. Her mother and grandmother coddled her to the point where she decided to runaway. During the evening a peculiar man dressed in a yellow suit and a black hat, which hung from his long white fingers, appeared at the Fosters’ house. He did not say anything about himself except that he was looking for a particular family. While he was there Winnie, her grandmother, and the man in the yellow suit, heard music from the forest which Winnie’s grandmother said was the music of the elves. The man in the yellow suit left the house and traveled back on the road towards the outskirts of the forest.

Early the next morning Winnie decided to travel a little way into the forest. Once in the forest she found a seventeen year old boy drinking from a hidden stream. She immediately wanted a drink for it was a dreadfully hot day. The boy, whose name was Jesse, would not allow her and was forced to kidnap her when his brother and mother arrived. Winnie was flung onto a horse and was whisked away. On the way, Winnie and her kidnappers passes the man in the yellow suit. Immediately, the man in the yellow suit sneaked after them. Peering through the bushes he listened to the remarkable story the Tucks told Winnie about how they drank from the creek and lived forever. The man in the yellow suit then knew he had found the family he was looking for.

Immediately after, the man traveled to the Fosters home to tell them that he had found their daughter. Then he made his way to the constable and told him where to go in order to find Winnie. The man in the yellow suit rode ahead of the constable. At the Tucks’ house, he told them he wanted to sell the water and take Winnie. Mae picked up Tuck’s long forgotten shot gun and clubbed the man in the head. This all happened just when the constable arrived. Mae was taken to jail on account of murder. But Winnie with the help of Jesse and Miles helped Mae escape.

This book is amazing because of its vivid descriptions. One of the main settings in the first chapter expresses these descriptions.

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 picnicking: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplating of the infinite.

The novel also uses many similes and metaphors. An example of a simile is “the sweet earth opened up its wide four corners to her like the petals of a flower ready to be picked”. One of the main themes of this story is that dying is a part of life. This is the Tucks problem. Once they drank from the stream they could never grow old. You can definitely tell Tuck wants to die because when the man in the yellow suit was killed he looked at him “like a starved man looking into a banquet hall”. These amazing descriptions make this book difficult to put down.

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  1. Posted June 23, 2009 at 4:46 am


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    Posted October 8, 2009 at 3:23 am

    thanks for the summary!

  3. bla
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 3:23 am

    thanks for the summary!

  4. Posted September 2, 2010 at 3:31 am

    i love this book i ahev read it so many times i love it <3

  5. Posted September 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love this book but i wanted winnie to live forever i was sad when she died

  6. Posted September 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    um well and another thing i forgot but do you guys remember when winnie died, what year.

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