Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924, Polseno spent his Saturdays in the library reading and sketching. At 16 he spent the summer in Redding, Connecticut, and discovered a wildlife area surrounding the Redding Reservoir known as Redding Glen.
For 25 years he was a free-lance artist and active as a children's book illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s. He provided the painted cover for Classics Illustrated No. 114, The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper (December 1953). In 1958, he illustrated a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson for the Grosset and Dunlap "Signature" series. He also supplied artwork during the 1960s for the following titles in the Grosset and Dunlap Companion Librar
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