The Magic that is Natalie Babbitt

inspiring-image-2I was recently awarded this lovely Very Inspiring Blogger Award from my friends at the DogDaz Zoo. You might go visit Sofie and Louise and all the cats over there. They seem to always be having a good time. This award is quite an honor for me! It’s nice to think that I might be inspiring somebody, somewhere. I find inspiration in Winnie the Pooh. He is the essence of simple joy. This conversation with Piglet says things quite well – “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today!” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day!” said Pooh.

So, I’m setting out today, my favorite day, to INSPIRE you to discover the enchanting tales of Ms Natalie Babbit. Some of you may be familiar with her. She’s written and illustrated quite a few books. Most famously, Tuck Everlasting. When I was a wee young pup, My Girl Brenna read this one to me and I was smitten. It is a fun tale about a family that finds a spring that gives them eternal life. It is an imaginative, humorous, sad story about the good and bad of living forever. I believe that a movie was made from this book.

Well, on our recent outing to Half Price Books in Dallas, I discovered two picture books by Ms Babbitt. She is now my favorite author of the moment!! I LOVE these books! I love the stories and I love the illustrations.

IMG_2583IMG_2587

Bub or the Very Best Thing was published in 1994 by Michael di Capua Books. It’s the story of a King and Queen who are trying to find out what’s the very best thing for their little Prince. This book was written for Ms Babbitt’s grandson who stars in the tale. And all the characters are members of Ms Babbitt’s family. Including the dog who appears to be the little Prince’s nanny. At least his constant companion. I won’t tell you what they all discover. You’ll have to read the book!

IMG_2339IMG_2341

Elsie Times Eight was published in 2001, again by Michael di Capua Books. This story stars Ms Babbitt’s granddaughter. Elsie is a young girl with a very inept fairy godmother. The fairy godmother doesn’t hear very well and misunderstands things and then does some very silly magic. Elsie gets turned into EIGHT Elsies!! And then total chaos ensues! It is quite a hilarious tale!

The artwork in these books is quite exquisite. The characters just come alive with such expression! And the tales themselves are delightful. I love Ms Babbitt.

You can read an interview with her here.

A list of some of her books on GoodReads here.

Ms Babbitt reads from Tuck Everlasting

I hope you find some magic in your day today! It’s the best day ever!

Your friend — Rhythm

Copy of img311