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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Friendship Theme

Winnie sure knows how to pick 'em. Where other ten-year-old girls have besties over for sleepovers, Winnie traipses around the nearby woods and befriends an entire family of seriously old people—so old they're immortal. The other problem? The Tucks won't stick around very long. That means that in Tuck Everlasting, Winnie needs to rely on herself and be her own best friend.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Would Winnie have been as open to a friendship with the Tucks if she had a lot of friends to begin with? Why or why not?
  2. Which character ends up being the best friend to Winnie in the book? How so?
  3. How about that toad? Is he a friend to Winnie? Why or why not?
  4. Is Winnie her own best friend?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

After her adventure with the Tucks, Winnie is still on her own—totally friendless.

If Jesse were a true friend, he wouldn't have offered Winnie water from the spring.

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