Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel

Reading Comprehension for May 22

Arnold Lobel described himself as a "lucky amateur" when it came to writing. That might have been the humble author's opinion of himself, but the world disagrees. Arnold Lobel was one of the most popular author/illustrators of books for young children.

Arnold Lobel was born on May 22, 1933, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in a ramshackle house in Schenectady, New York. He became quite sick as a young boy and ended up in the hospital for long periods of time. He remembers feeling lonely as he watched children playing from the sundeck of the hospital. He was absent for many days in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Later, he wrote about someone who took animals to the seashore to get over having colds, so maybe he wished someone had done that for him when he was sick! When Arnold did return to school in third grade, he told stories and illustrated them. He discovered that these stories made it easier for him to make friends. He also loved checking out books from the library.

Fortunately, Arnold grew into a healthy teenager. He loved to draw, and he decided that he wanted to be an artist. He was accepted into the Pratt Institute in New York City after high school. He loved the Big Apple. He soon realized that illustrating books was a most intriguing career idea. Arnold met his wife, Anita, at the Pratt Institute, and they were married soon after he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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