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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
Contributor(s): Sidman, Joyce, Zagarenski, Pamela (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0547014945     ISBN-13: 9780547014944
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: April 2009
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Annotation: In spring, Red sings from tree-tops: cheer-cheer-cheer, each note dropping like a cherry into my ear
With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. Illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go byeond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Seasons; Juvenile poetry.
Colors; Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Colors
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Senses & Sensation
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: 2008035947
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Sidman, Joyce
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.25" (0.95 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129255
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46417
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Publisher Description:
In spring,
Red sings
from tree-tops:
cheer-cheer-cheer,
each note dropping
like a cherry
into my ear
With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. Illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go byeond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #2)
A poet known for multilayered explorations of nature (Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, rev. 5/05) rejoices here in the way colors, and how we perceive them, change with the seasons. In spring, shy "Green peeks from buds / trembles in the breeze," while "Yellow shouts with light!" and "holds hands" with purple in the "bright velvet faces [of] first flowers." Summer's blue is "Humming, shimmering... [it] grows new names: / turquoise, / azure, / cerulean." In winter, "Green waits / in the hearts of trees," and gray and brown are "the only beauties left." Zagarenski's richly patterned spreads ("mixed-media paintings on wood and computer illustration") capture the poet's delight in the natural world, extending the imagery with fantastical details like a cardinal's notes in red, each "dropping / like a cherry / into my ear." Fabric patterns and bits of newsprint add texture. The artist's delicate style and surreal details recall Lisbeth Zwerger's illustrations as well as the paintings of Gustav Klimt. Sustaining the playfulness of the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty, they contribute gracefully to the celebration. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 February #3)

Anthropomorphized colors take charge in this fanciful book in praise of the seasons, from the collaborators behind This Is Just to Say. An androgynous crowned youth, dressed ornately in triangular apparel, plays host as colors are woven into unrhymed poetry. In spring, pink is "hairless,/ featherless,/ the color of/ new/ things," while in summer, the youth finds a companion whose headpiece is a cross between a crown and a cowboy hat (filled with fish, no less), and the two royal personages indulge in popcorn and lemonade on the dock of a bay. Fall strikes a more melancholy tone: "the wind feels black:/ star-spangled,/ full of secrets," as an enormous whale blends into the nightscape. Broad swathes of color compose the seasonal palettes, juxtaposed with painstakingly precise designs. The effect is evocative of primitive antiques: fleur-de-lis, checkered print and scrawled calligraphy abound, creating an artful—if, at times, precious—display that works in tandem with the gentle musings of the imagistic verse. The regal elegance is sure to charm. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 April)

PreS-Gr 3—Through the seasons, this book personifies colors, starting with a red bird in early spring and concluding with it as winter ends. "In SPRING,/Red sings/from treetops:/cheer-cheer-cheer,/each note dropping/like a cherry/into my ear." At first Green is shy, but in summer "Green is queen." "In fall, Yellow grows wheels/and lumbers/down the block,/blinking:/Warning—classrooms ahead," and in winter "Gray and Brown hold hands." Sidman encourages readers to experience color with all of the senses. Some of Zagarenski's mixed-media paintings are full of light and others are darker and slightly haunting, but the rich colors come to life on the page. The words and pictures depend upon one another and blend well to conjure up quirky, magical imagery. Children will find many small stories waiting to be told within the detailed paintings and enjoy looking at them over and over. This poetic tribute to the seasons will brighten dull days.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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