Study Guide

Tuck Everlasting

By Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting Introduction

Get ready for some heavy lifting, Shmoopers. Tuck Everlasting hits on two of the most talked about topics in literature: life and death. Just to give you a little taste, we're going to let you in on some of the tough questions that this 1975 smash-hit asks us to think about:

We told you it wouldn't be easy. But it's totally worth it.

You don't have to take our word for it either. When asked which of her books she would most want someone to read, Natalie Babbitt went with Tuck Everlasting (source). Why? For the same reasons as Shmoop. Go figure.

What is Tuck Everlasting About and Why Should I Care?

If Shmoop were immortal, here's what we'd do:

(Don't try these at home. Or anywhere else for that matter.) 

We spend a lot of time thinking about what life would be like if we were immortal, but would eternal life really be all it's cracked up to be? According to Tuck, not so much. In fact, he thinks that "'You can't have living without dying'" (12.10). He'd probably say that, if you could live forever, none of those awesome activities we want to do would be once-in-a-lifetime. And isn't that part of the fun? Seriously, we're asking.

Tuck Everlasting Resources

Websites

From the Horse's Mouth
Natalie Babbitt tells us a little about herself on her Scholastic author's page. We're not surprised to hear she's been obsessed with fairy tales her whole life.

Like It on Facebook
And in real life, of course.

Movie or TV Productions

Tuck Everlasting (1981)
This one's not super glamorous, but it definitely captures the feel of the book. And for that, we give it two Shmoops up.

Tuck Everlasting (2002)
In this 21st-century take, Winnie is fifteen years old. And that little crush she has? Well, get ready for some romance.

Articles and Interviews

Would You Want to Live Forever?
One scientist says the possibility for human immortality might be achieved in our lifetimes. Sure makes you think.

Interview with the Author
On the Scholastic site, Natalie Babbitt answers questions posted by young readers. What would you ask?

Babbitt on Literature
Why should you care? Just ask our author, who spoke about that at a 1989 lecture at the New York Public Library. The title? "The Purpose of Literature—and Who Cares?"

Video

Clips of Immortality
After watching all these clips, we kind of wish we lived in Treegap. Or Hollywood.

What's Working on a Movie Like?
Actor Jonathan Jackson, who plays Jesse Tuck in the 2002 film adaptation, shares his video journal from the set of the movie. Talk about an inside peek.

Audio

Tuck Out Loud
Shmoop likes to read with our eyes closed.

Images

Winnie's Got Style
We kind of want Winnie's outfit. (Without the toad, of course.)

Classic Cover
If you squint a ton, you might be able to make out Winnie out there on the boat.

Puppy Love
We bet our labradoodle would love this pup (hanging out with Natalie Babbitt).