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Natalie Babbitt (1932–2016)

Author of Tuck Everlasting

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About the Author

Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore in Dayton, Ohio on July 28, 1932. As a child, she wanted to be an illustrator. She received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Smith College. She and her husband Sam Babbitt collaborated on a children's book The Forty-Ninth Magician, which was show more published in 1966. At the urging of her husband and her editor, she decided to write her own prose. Her first book as both author and illustrator was The Search for Delicious, which was published in 1969. Her novels included Goody Hall, The Devil's Storybook, Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Herbert Rowbarge, and The Moon Over High Street. She wrote and illustrated several picture books including Nellie: A Cat on Her Own; Bub, or, The Very Best Thing; and Elsie Times Eight. Kneeknock Rise was named a 1971 Newbery Honor book. In 2013, she won the inaugural E. B. White Award for achievement in children's literature. Tuck Everlasting was adapted as a Disney feature film in 2002 and made its debut as a Broadway musical in 2016. She also illustrated five books for Valerie Worth. She died of lung cancer on October 31, 2016 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting (1975) — Author — 15,180 copies
Kneeknock Rise (1970) 2,248 copies
The Search for Delicious (1969) 1,824 copies
The Eyes of the Amaryllis (1977) 438 copies
Jack Plank Tells Tales (2007) 354 copies
The Devil's Storybook (1974) — Author — 242 copies
Goody Hall (1971) 238 copies
The Moon Over High Street (2012) 221 copies
Phoebe's Revolt (1968) 134 copies
The Devil's Other Storybook (1867) 126 copies
Bub: Or the Very Best Thing (1994) 101 copies
Ouch!: A Tale from Grimm (1998) 88 copies
Elsie Times Eight (2001) 68 copies
Nellie: A Cat on Her Own (1989) 48 copies
The Something (1970) 47 copies

Associated Works

The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Contributor — 817 copies
All the Small Poems and Fourteen More (1994) — Illustrator — 637 copies
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 346 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 285 copies
Tuck Everlasting [2002 film] (2002) — Original book — 224 copies
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Contributor — 135 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contributor — 90 copies
All the Small Poems (1987) — Illustrator — 67 copies
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (2011) — Contributor — 61 copies
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contributor — 44 copies
Peacock and Other Poems (2002) — Illustrator — 38 copies
Still More Small Poems (1978) — Illustrator — 16 copies
Small Poems (1972) — Illustrator — 16 copies
The Forty-Ninth Magician (1966) — Illustrator — 15 copies
More Small Poems (1976) — Illustrator — 15 copies
Small Poems Again (1986) — Illustrator — 13 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, January 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 6 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 8, April 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 4 copies
De krokodil met kiespijn en andere sprookjes (1996) — Author — 1 copy

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A silly rhyming story about a girl named Phoebe who is determined not to wear frilly, formal clothing and pink bows. Instead, she wants to dress like her father.

For her revolt, she refuses to get out of the bathtub once her mom throws a special party in her honor (which includes a dancing bear!!!).

I couldn't help but laugh because the picture of her sitting grumpily in the tub looks exactly like MY Phoebe who doesn't like getting her hair washed.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 3 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
I loved this. It never veered into cliché, although it could have. The ending rang true. The imagery was magical, just wonderful.
 
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BethOwl | 547 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
Deep children's book. To be immortal, to not change, is to not live, to be like a rock by the side of the road.
 
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Tytania | 547 other reviews | Jan 14, 2024 |
Winnie Foster, the ten-year-old protagonist of the story, contemplates eternity when she befriends the unique Tuck family. It's a short read, but Babbit sure packs a lot into it (mostly concerning one of Life's Big Questions: Would you want to live forever?). Beautifully written, with great fodder for future English majors (particularly the life-as-wheel motif).

And, despite all I've said about disliking audio books, this one was excellent. I got so into it that I took the CD inside with me when I got home so I could keep listening, even though I specifically got the audio book to keep me entertained during my commute.… (more)
 
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