We at The Daily Geekette were saddened to learn that the Arts lost another great contributor this year: Natalie Babbitt. Known best for her 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting, Ms. Babbit was an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books.
Tuck Everlasting is about immortality, but also about death. For many young readers, it served as a first introduction to that concept. Indeed, Ms. Babbit was inspired to write it when her own then 4-year-old daughter woke up from a nap in tears because she was afraid of dying. In the novel, young Winnie Foster stumbles across the Tuck family who have discovered the secret to living forever by drinking from a magic spring. The Tucks take her in and show her that immortality comes with its own complications and that some may find more value in a finite life.
Ms. Babbit passed away on Monday, October 31st in her home in Connecticut after a battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt, as well as their three children and three grandchildren.
Natalie Babbitt discovered the secret that many artists know: the key to immortality is not a magic spring, but rather the creation of something that touches other people. Ms. Babbitt lives on through her works; may they bring joy, entertainment, and deep thought to many generations to come.