- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Sidman, Joyce
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780547014944
- ISBN-13: 978-0547014944
- ASIN: 0547014945
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (Sidman, Joyce) Hardcover – April 6, 2009
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*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. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
A 2010 Caldecott Honor Book
"It's wonderfully strange to read of colors with sounds, smells and tastes."--New York Times Book Review
"A charming inspiration to notice colors and correlate emotions"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This book has a freshness and visual impact all its own, and it will inspire a rainbow of uses."--The Bulletin, starred review
"Sustaining the playfulness of the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty, the illustrations contribute gracefully to the celebration."--Horn Book, starred review
"As the title implies, the colors that surprise on every page, do sing."--Booklist, starred review
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The story is pleasant and fulfilling, as the author guides the reader through the year via color raher than the usual month approach. The writing itself is innovative as well, utilizing as other reviewers have mentioned poetry that will please little ones with the occasional rhymes, but is never labored. This is the rare children's book that is a treat for adults as well as children, between the instructive and unique approach to the story and the illustrations that are whimsical enough to excite children but that have beauty and complexity to please adults.
I looked through the whole book, but it's just too big of a treat to rush through. I'm looking forward to savoring every page with great pleasure.
each note drops
like a cherry
her tremendous joy is reason enough to recommend this book to anyone who loves words, loves colors and appreciates the seasons.
The lush illustrations are worthy of a book that speaks in color--a delight!
lovely story, poetic, beautiful, magical, creative, stunning all round.