Acclaimed author and illustrator Natalie Babbitt, best known for the novel 'Tuck Everlasting,' has passed away at the age of 84.Born in Ohio in 1932, Babbitt knew that she wanted to become an illustrator at age nine, when she received a copy of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by John Tenniel. Her first published work was The Forty-ninth Magician (Pantheon, 1966), a collaboration with husband Sam Babbitt. She went on to write and illustrate several books, including the immortal classic Tuck Everlasting.
I had long before that made up my mind about what was going to happen when I died. But I wrote Tuck to help [my daughter] understand what life is all about—that we all get born and we all have to die. It’s a subject I never thought I’d write about, but there it was. I wanted to be sure Lucy would not grow up scared. (Publishers Weekly)