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Introduction to Natalie Babbitt
Transcript of Introduction to Natalie Babbitt
An Introduction to Natalie Babbitt’s
Born 1932 in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of a labor relations administrator and his wife
Focused on art throughout her education, earning an art degree from Smith
Married her college boyfriend, Samuel Babbitt, a university administrator
Had three children and spent time with them at home before beginning her literary career
A Brief Biography of Natalie Babbitt
SOURCE: "Natalie Babbitt." Read.gov. Library of Congress. Web. 5 April 2013.
Began her career with two picture books: Dick Foote and the Shark (1967) and Phoebe’s Revolt (1968)
Has published a number of novel-length books for children, including The Search for Delicious (1969) and Newbery Award-winning Knee-knock Rise (1970)
Her work often indebted to a number of genres she enjoyed as a girl: fairy tale, fable, pastoral, mystery, and romance
Often lauded for her lucid and direct language and powers of description
Babbitt’s Literary and Artistic Career
Phoebe's Revolt (1968), in which eight-year-old Phoebe rejects frilly feminine clothing and eventually comes to a compromise with her parents
Well received and reviewed upon its publication in 1975, making many “best” lists at the end of the year
Received a Christopher award for juvenile fiction and a Phoenix award from the Children’s Literature Association
Has been adapted into many films, including the most recent 2002 Disney adaptation with Alexis Bledel
Publication and Reception of Tuck Everlasting
A coming-of-age narrative must start somewhere, must frame the point from which a character grows. What motivates Winnie? What is she growing away from?
What is she growing toward? In the novel, what does “home” or “reality” signify? What does “away” or “fantasy” mean?
Where do you see elements of fairy tale, fantasy, romance, realism, fable?
What does immortality look like in Tuck? What does it signify? What does the decision to stay young forever mean for characters in Barrie’s play, and what does in mean for Winnie and the Tucks in Babbitt’s novel?