Tuck Everlasting, written by Natalie Babbitt, is thought of as a piece of classic children's literature. In this story, Babbitt explores the theme of immortality—which is not as desirable as one might think. This is the story of Winnie Foster, a young girl who runs away from home, and her encounters with the Tuck family. The Tuck family, Angus, Mae, Jesse, and Miles, have found a spring of youth and are immortal.
Mae Tuck, the matriarch of the Tuck family, has an interesting viewpoint of immortality. Mae is very straightforward and enjoys the simple things of life, like her music box. Immortality is just another part of life in Mae's opinion. Mae also does not expect anything from her immortality, unlike many others who would want to exploit living forever to become rich or famous-such as the Man in the Yellow Suit. Mae understands that her situation provides more time to care for her family and to continue living the way she has lived for many years. Although Mae is at peace with her own immortality, she does not want Winnie to drink from the spring because she understands that with this immortality come many challenges.