Research of Natalie Babbitt
She was born and raised in Ohio. During her childhood, she spent most of my time drawing and reading fairy tales and myths. Her mother, an amateur landscape and portrait painter, gave her art lessons. She always made sure she had enough paper, paint, pencils, and encouragement. She grew up wanting only to be an illustrator. She studied art at Laurel School in Cleveland and at Smith College.
Right after graduation, she married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. She spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising her children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy Babbitt.
Her husband took time out from his academic career to write a novel and found out that he didn't enjoy the long, lonely hours that writing demanded. His sister produced a comic novel, which required substantial rewriting. She learned three valuable things from observing my husband's and sister's forays into the writer's world: You have to give writing your full attention. You have to like the revision process. And you have to like to be alone. But it was years before I put any of this to good use.
In 1966, her husband and she collaborated on a children's book called The Forty-ninth Magician he wrote it and she drew it. With encouragement from their editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, she continued producing children's books even after her husband became too busy to write the stories.
She writes for children because she is interested in fantasy and the possibilities for experience of all kinds before the time of compromise. She believe that children are far more perceptive and wise than American books give them credit for being.
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