Saturday, 19 May 2012

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

I started reading this when we went to Fernie. My plan is to do it for a novel study in my Gr. 3 class starting this next week. I couldn't get into it in Fernie and I seriously considered doing a different book for the novel study. But someone already did all the work to set up this novel study. There are lists if questions copied, vocab sheets and more. If I chose something else it would mean a bunch more work for me. But most influential of all, as I carried it around people kept saying, "Oh! Tuck Everlasting! I love that book!" I would just smile and lie through my teeth by saying, "Ya, it is really great." and then I would feel my sciatic pulse. Oh dear. What to do??!

Well, I finally read it cover to cover yesterday....and it IS a great story! Now I can't wait to be reading it with my class!

The story is about a family that has drank some magic water that causes then to live forever. There are si many twists and turns and everything included in the story is very purposeful. It is so well written!!

Hmmm....would you want to drink the water?? You should definitely read the book!

Favorite quotes:

Page 3: The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in it's turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy Spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.

Page 44: And Winnie, laughing at him, lost the last of her alarm. They were friends, her friends. She was running away after all, but she was not alone. Closing the gate on her oldest fears as she had closed the gate of her own fenced yard, she discovered the wings she'd always wished she had. And all at once she was elated. Where were the terrors she'd been told she should expect? She did not recognize them anywhere.

Page 52: Into it all came Winnie, eyes wide, and very much amazed. It was a whole new idea to her that people could live in such disarray, but at the same time she was charmed. Climbing behind Mae up the stairs to see the loft, she thought to herself: "Maybe it's because they think they have forever to clean it up." And this was followed by another thought, far more revolutionary: "Maybe they just don't care!"

1 comment:

Katie said...

I like this book too, and it's one I think back on now and then when situations arise.