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Tuck. Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. When Winnie meets the Tuck family, she.
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Bill Wallace Animal-loving former teacher and writer
Curriculum Tie-In: 1. In the story, Ruff is just a red pup who often makes mistakes, but when Adam is in trouble, Ruff acts heroically. Ask students to come up with a list of other fictional dogs from books, TV, and movies who act courageously. Then ask students to find examples of real heroic dogs in the news and in daily life. Ask students to explain what makes an animal heroic. 2. Adam is at a point where he is just starting to take on “grown-up” responsibilities and learning what it means to be an adult. Do your students consider themselves adults or kids, or somewhere in between? What do they do that makes them kids? What responsibilities do they have that are “grown-up?” Do students believe they would be able to be the “man” (or “woman”) of their household? 3. The cabin in Wyoming is isolated from the rest of society. Have the class imagine what it would be like to see only their own family for a week, a month, or even a year. Ask students if they have ever spent time away from society and if so, for how long. Can students think of any situations in which people still live very isolated from the rest of the world?
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, History, Frontier life
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“Accessible language and the story plot give the book special appeal to reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal
Red Dog by Bill Wallace Living in the rugged Wyoming mountains in the 1860s, 12-year-old Adam finds his courage put to the test when he is left in charge of the household. Will he and the red pup be able to save the family?
Natalie Babbitt Newbery Honor Book author and illustrator
“Rarely does one find a book with such prose…. It is rich in imagery and punctuated with…humor.” —Horn Book
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt When Winnie meets the Tuck family, she learns that knowing the secret to eternal life can be a burden rather than a blessing. 4
Curriculum Tie-In: 1. Have your students imagine that they found the fountain of youth. Who would they share their discovery with? Would they limit in any way who could drink from the fountain? Discuss with the class the problems that would arise in a world where everyone could live forever. Would students hold the same opinions about a medicine that could cure every disease? 2. Ask students to choose what would be the best age to stay at forever and list four reasons why they chose it. Then have them imagine what the worst possible age to stay at forever would be and list four negative things about being that age. Have students defend and debate their choices. Encourage students to find positive and negative things about every age. 3. The epilogue of the book has the Tucks returning to Treegap and taking stock of the changes after many years, in 1948. Imagine the Tucks have come to your town today. With your class, create a scrapbook to explain the changes that have taken place in the world, including world events, politics, inventions, and discoveries.
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy