Natalie Babbitt obituary | Books | The GuardianHer acclaimed novel Tuck Everlasting has been adapted. She was married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt, and the couple had three children, born between and The Babbitts collaborated to create The Forty-ninth Magician , a picture book , that he wrote and she illustrated, published by Pantheon Books in Samuel became too busy to participate but editor Michael di Capua, at Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux , encouraged Natalie to continue producing children's books. Tuck Everlasting , published in , was named an ALA Notable book and continues to be popular with teachers. In addition to her own writing, Babbitt also illustrated a number of books by Valerie Worth.
Artist and writer Natalie Babbitt — is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting and many other brilliantly original books for young people. As the mother of three small children, she began her career in by illustrating The Forty-Ninth Magician , written by her husband, Samuel Babbitt. She soon tried her own hand at writing, publishing two picture books in verse. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious , was published in and established her reputation for creating magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned Babbitt a Newbery Honor in , and she went on to write—and often illustrate—many more picture books, story collections, and novels. She also illustrated the five volumes in the Small Poems series by Valerie Worth. In , Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture, and in a musical version premiered on Broadway.
She gave young readers an intelligent and reassuring sense that death is not to be feared, but should rather be seen as an inevitable consequence of living. When Winnie, running away from the claustrophobia of her wealthy home life, discovers the spring, the Tucks kidnap her to prevent her from revealing its secret. Winnie falls for their curious and gentle way of life and, in particular, forges a friendship with the perpetually teenaged Jesse Tuck. The Tucks warn Winnie of the dangers of immortality but also offer her the chance to drink the special water and join them when she is older. Tuck Everlasting was published in 27 countries, including in in the UK, where it became a staple of recommended reading. It was adapted for screen twice, first in and by Disney in Natalie was born in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph Moore, a personnel administrator, and Genevieve Converse, an amateur artist, and educated at Laurel school for girls in Cleveland.
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She was We grew up with the idea firmly implanted that we could, should, and would have it all—a first-class education, a strong marriage, a family, and an active career. At age nine, after a brief fascination with creating pin-up art in the style of Luis de Vargas, Babbitt received an edition of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by John Tenniel. Babbitt and her sister both graduated from the Laurel School, a private academy for girls near Cleveland, and in fall Babbitt entered Smith College in Northampton, Mass. During her sophomore year a friend set her up with Sam Babbitt, who had left Yale after his sophomore year to join the army, and served in Korea.