Saturday, May 28, 2011
27th May Lynn Sweat (1934)
Lynn Sweat is an artist and writer who is best known to young readers as the man who creates the illustrations to the "Amelia Bedelia" books. These were started by Peggy Parish, but she ended the series after a decade. Amelia's adventures were then restarted by Parish's nephew, Herman Parish, for a new generation of readers. Sweat has illustrated the entire series, much to the approval of both critics and readers. The children who use the library still enjoy Amelia Bedelia even though I think of them as old-fashioned. Lynn Sweat feels that these days his illustration work is secondary to his work as an artist from which he makes his living.