Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is a short, easy-to-read children’s novel that does a fabulous job of introducing early teens to deep concepts. With her engaging, quick-paced plot and endearing characters, Babbitt pulls us into Winnie’s world and allows us to watch her learn who she is and what she stands for. We also highly recommend it for group discussion as it lends itself to several meaningful themes.
Themes: friendship; growing up; trust; death; intention
Read with: Ella Enchanted; Little Town on the Prairie; Anne of Green Gables; Little Women
Principle: Death gives life greater meaning.
1- Why does Winnie want to do something important? Can she do something important at her age? Can you? What makes something important?
2- There’s a big difference between how Winnie’s family lives and how the Tucks live. Which is best? Why?
3- What is intention? Why does intention matter? How can we assess our own intentions honestly?
4- Why is it so important to be needed? How can we meet our need to be needed?