I'm so sad to hear that one of my most favorite authors in the world, Natalie Babbitt recently passed away. I've always been a huge admirer of her work. In fact, back in 2011 when I found out one of my past teachers knew her personally, I begged for an introduction and was honored to go to lunch with her:
|Natalie Babbitt, me & my old teacher Mary Brigid Barrett in 2011|
Which I am glad I got to see as a musical, too!
|I told you I was a huge fan of her work!|
Tuck Everlasting, is, of course, amazing. But I have a soft spot for her book The Search for Delicious. It's one of my favorite books of all time and fostered my love of fairy tales and folk tales--in many ways, an inspiration for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
What I loved about her books was that they did not have to be "dark" to be deep. In fact, it was their lightness that revealed life's poignancy. Her work has always been an example for me to model mine upon and my dream is to reach her level of writing and readership.
Rest in Peace, Natalie Babbitt. You were loved.