Wendell Minor was born and raised in Illinois, where both his parents grew up on farms. One of his earliest memories is of watching a mother robin feed her young in a tree just outside his schoolroom window when he was in first grade. He was supposed to be reading from his Fun with Dick and Jane reader but was more interested in watching the robins. His teacher, Miss Cottington, reminded him that he should not daydream, but pay attention to his reading!
Minor’s world was always been visual, and reading appreciation came later in life. Drawing and painting were always an integral part of his life, and his mother was the first to nurture this interest.
By the time he was
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