Tuck Everlasting


Tuck Everlasting
Written by Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

Primary Source Pairing:
Originally published in 1975, Tuck Everlasting has been a beloved book to many. Over the years, the book has had different covers. For this primary source pairing, take a look at the book covers over the last 40 years. Discuss with students what they would like to see on the cover after reading the book. After all, whether we admit it or not, we do judge a book by its cover.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • Which book cover are you most intrigued by?
  • Which book cover do you think most represents the book?
  • What would you add or take away from the book covers to make them represent the story more?
  • If you were to design your own book cover, what would you include?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Book cover collage: QuotesGram