Red sings from treetops A year in colors

Joyce Sidman

Book - 2009

Nature displays different colors to announce the seasons of the year.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
ISBN
9780547014944
0547014945
Main Author
Joyce Sidman (-)
Other Authors
Pamela Zagarenski (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The changing seasons have been the subject of many a picture book, but this one has a particularly unique take on the topic. Each season is explored in terms of how it encompasses colors. In the spring, "Red sings / from treetops . . . / each note dropping / like a cherry / into my ear." Green "peeks from buds," and yellow "slips goldfinches their spring jackets." Succeeding seasons offer other opportunities for the colors to spread their particular magic. In summer, "white clinks in drinks." The blue in water takes on many names: "turquoise, azure, cerulean." Sidman also brings other senses to the fore. Old leaves and crushed berries smell purple. And though one might not associate pink with winter, it "prickles: / warm fingers / against cold cheeks." All of these evocative images are matched in the imaginative illustrations. Stylized figures, intricately costumed and crowned, walk, run, and sail through Zagarenski's artwork. You'll find one in a tree picking juicy red apples and another set against an expanse of white, building a snowman. Throughout, the mixed-media illustrations, including collage and paintings on wood, provide much to look at. And as the title implies, the colors that surprise on every page do sing. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page 127]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 126]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Nature puts on a display of different colors to announce each season of the year.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An exploration of the senses celebrates the rich and diverse colors of the seasons through poetic verse as green drips from spring leaves and blue dances on summer lakes.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman's poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A 2010 Caldecott Honor Book 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's poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

A 2010 Caldecott Honor Book 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's poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.