Young Paul loved The Tawny, Scrawny Lion by Gustave Tenggren and Margaret Wise Brown’s The Color Kittens illustrated by the Provensens. He relished William Pène Du Bois’ drawings in The Twenty-One Balloons and those of Robert Lawson, as in The Story of Ferdinand. Even so, and even though he wanted to be an artist, he did not realize illustrating could be a career until college when he took a class taught by Maurice Sendak.
Paul Zelinsky’s broad artistic range of media and styles attract the next generation to love art and stories. For his fairy tales, he chose classic oils.