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Natalie Babbitt is an artist in more ways than one. Known by many people for her descriptive, metaphorical writing, she is less well known for her beautiful illustrations. However, it was this passion that involved her in children’s books in the first place. Born in Dayton, Ohio, on July 28, 1932, Natalie Zane Moore [Babbitt] came into the world at the height of the Great Depression.
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Thanks to her parents, though, she and her sister enjoyed a life filled with good times, books, and loads of loving encouragement. Natalie loved drawing from an early age. Though she read books constantly, she had very little interest in writing them. She wanted only to illustrate, to bring words to life.
She dreamed of capturing imaginations the very same way her imagination had been taken captive by the illustrations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of her favorite books. With her mother’s support, Natalie was able to develop her passion and her talent. She also had a great deal of support from her teachers at Laurel School in Cleveland.
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After high school, she went on to study art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Love interrupted her art career and Natalie married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator, right after her college graduation. Tuck Everlasting PDF Book Download They spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., where Babbitt raised their children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy.
Eventually, Babbitt got back to drawing when she illustrated a book written by her husband, called The Forty-Ninth Magician. They thought it was the beginning of an ideal collaboration. However, after moving to Clinton, New York, her husband’s career responsibilities left him with little time to dedicate to his writing.
So Natalie Babbitt decided that if she wanted to create books for children, she would simply have to write and illustrate them herself. Her first two picture books, Dick Foote and the Shark and Phoebe’s Revolt, were written in easy rhyme, a style Natalie thought suited her better than prose. Babbitt’s faith in herself as an artist and a writer turned out to be momentous for her and for readers everywhere.
Though she started by writing and illustrating picture books for younger children, soon one of her ideas developed into the novel that would eventually make her one of the preeminent children’s novelists of our time. Tuck Everlasting PDF Book Download In that novel, The Search for Delicious, Babbitt incorporated her love of fairy tales. The book was greeted by children’s book reviewers as the first major work of an exciting new talent.
Natalie Babbitt’s subsequent books have consistently achieved a place on the major lists of outstanding children’s literature in the years of their publication. The Devil’s Storybook was nominated for a National Book Award in 1975, named an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book, and received the Christopher and Lewis Carroll Shelf awards.
Kneeknock Rise was a Newbery Honor Book in 1971; Goody Hall was chosen as an Honor Book in the 1971 Book World Children’s Spring Book Festival; and two of Babbitt’s books have been selected for inclusion in the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Book Showcase: Goody Hall in 1972 and More Small Poems, illustrated by Babbitt and written by poet Valerie Worth, in 1977.
In 1981, Babbitt was the U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, an award presented by the International Board on Books for Young People in recognition of someone “whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.” Tuck Everlasting PDF Book (This award is “the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.”) All of these books, including The Eyes of the Amaryllis, were also ALA Notable Children’s Books.
Natalie Babbitt is perhaps best known for her magical book, Tuck Everlasting. Babbitt has brought books to life for children just as she had always hoped she would. She has created worlds that mesh fantasy and reality. She allows readers to go to places that might not be real exactly, but are certainly true to life.
In Tuck Everlasting, Babbitt created Winnie, a character who feels that her life is meaningless and boring. The prospect of living forever is exciting to her. In the course of the novel, as she gets to know the Tucks, Winnie listens to different opinions about eternal life: Jesse is hopeful, Miles is realistic, Mae is determined, and Angus is depressed.
Winnie comes to understand that eternal life might be a curse and not a blessing. Tuck Everlasting PDF Book This novel is Babbitt’s way of introducing the life cycle and explaining the beauty of living in the moment. Babbitt seems to say that life is short and your time on earth ought to be meaningful in some way. It’s very interesting when I go to schools and talk to students.
They are so direct and they usually say, well yes it would be neat [to live forever] but I wouldn’t want to do that because x, y, and z. All the same reasons I would give. And once in a while I get a child who is very upset by the ending and we talk about that, too. There is no right or wrong way to look at it. I tell them that at different times in your life you feel differently about it.
You have noted that some readers have not been satisfied with the ending. Why do you think some readers aren’t satisfied with Winnie’s choice? It is mainly girls who feel that way. They have been quite charmed by Jesse and they think she should marry him. I always have a good laugh about that because he is charming but I think he’d make a terrible husband!
But most of them do change their minds about it later on. Tuck Everlasting PDF In fact, a young girl wrote to tell me that she was so very disappointed with the ending and I wrote back to her to say that that was okay—there is no right or wrong way to feel. Seven years later, the same girl wrote to me and said that she had changed her mind, and that she realized the book had ended the way it was supposed to.
I always tell kids about that because that’s beautiful. You have said that Tuck Everlasting doesn’t exactly teach a lesson; rather, that it presents dilemmas. Does that mean that you think there is no right or wrong answer to the biggest dilemma of the book? Doesn’t Tuck Everlasting disapprove of someone choosing eternal life over natural death?
Winnie does what I would have done. There are plenty of people who wouldn’t have done it, though. Particularly if there was someone to share eternity with. I think it would be very boring, and even with the right person I think it would be lonely. The fact that we don’t have a lot of time puts a lot of delicious pressure on us to do things. But there’s no law that says that’s the way you have to feel about it.
I guess there is a picturesque quality that comes into play and that probably does come from the same place. My mother was a painter and she trained my sister and me to look at things early on. Tuck Everlasting PDF It probably comes from that, too. I am a relatively passive person, so I love to look at things. That part is fun. You have said that you use metaphors and similes because they help readers understand things that they otherwise might not. But what about personification? It seems to come into play a lot in this book.
For example, grass is “forlorn,” the house is “proud of itself,” and the cows are “wise.” Where does that come from for you? We were a word-loving family. It probably comes from my father more than anywhere else. He did very funny things with language in that way. The next morning, Winnie is still unwilling to make a final decision about running away.
She decides to go for a short walk into the wood that her family owns but that she has never before bothered to explore. She will decide once she gets there if she’s ever coming back. Soon, she comes upon Jesse Tuck taking a drink of water from a natural spring. He notices her and calls her out of her hiding place. When Winnie tries to drink from the same spring, he tries to stop her.
To Jesse’s relief, Mae and Miles Tuck arrive on horseback. Thinking quickly, the family kidnaps Winnie to prevent her from drinking the water from the spring. Winnie is scared and confused. Why is this nice family taking her away? Why wouldn’t they let her drink from the spring? As Winnie is taken away by the Tucks, she sees the man in the yellow suit.
When they stop by a stream for a break, Winnie begins to cry. Tuck Everlasting PDF Mae Tuck reaches into her pocket for her music box, and when it starts to play, it calms Winnie. She decides that “no one who owned a thing like this could be too disagreeable.” It is then that the Tucks tell her their story. Eighty-seven years before, the Tuck family had become immortal by drinking water from the magical spring.
They didn’t know it immediately, but they found out that the water would keep them alive—at the age they were the day they drank it—forever. They will stop at nothing to prevent others from enduring the same fate. Even though she is not sure whether or not to believe them, Winnie agrees to go home with them until they figure out what to do.
Unbeknownst to the whole group, the man in the yellow suit has heard the whole story. When they arrive at the Tucks’ house, Winnie meets Mae’s husband, Angus Tuck. Winnie becomes fond of the Tucks as they set out to teach her why it is so important that no one find out about the spring. Each one tries to show her that eternal life is a terrible burden.
In the meantime, the man in the yellow suit shows up at the Fosters’ door with a deal in mind. He will get Winnie back in exchange for ownership of their wood. Desperate to get Winnie back, her parents agree. When the man in the yellow suit tells the constable about the deal he’s struck with the Fosters, the constable is a little suspicious, but he follows the man to the Tucks, anyway.