Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors [NOOK Book]

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Winner of a 2010 Caldecott Honor!
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. “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 ...
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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

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Overview

Winner of a 2010 Caldecott Honor!
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. “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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Editorial Reviews

Paul O. Zelinsky
…an illustrated poem chronicling the seasonal doings of Red, Yellow and so on, in atmospheric vignettes with a conceptual twist, and with exquisite results…Joyce Sidman's language is vivid and deft…draws mystery and magic around the most familiar scenes.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

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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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Colors are personified in free verse as they dance through the seasons of the year. "Red sings from treetops" in the spring, and "squirms on the road after rain." Green is shy, however, peeking from buds. Yellow "shouts with light!" and greets purple. Blue, white, and pink all make an appearance. In summer, "white clinks in drinks," yellow "melts everything," green "is queen." Each of the other colors has a page to bring alive their summer roles. In the fall, "green is tired…" brown rises, orange ripens, as the other colors change as well. Winter brings new descriptions, all on target, of the colors, with white the outstanding player. Zagarenski chooses a strange, mysteriously crowned human and small white dog to march us through the pages and seasons. Scraps of newspapers and other decorative fragments are combined with mixed media paintings on wood and computer illustrations to create illustrations that demand considerable scrutiny. The names of the colors are printed in their color inks to call attention to them. The poetic, evocative text balances the intriguing visuals in this attractive combination. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Describing seasons by colors is not an original concept, but this whimsical color calendar sparkles with creativity. Zagarenski's mixed-media paintings on wood and computer illustration have a European folk-art style. The described hues are block-highlighted in the text while the artwork details the imagery in the words. A woman and her white dog, both wearing paper crowns, wander through the four seasons, observing nature's palette: "In summer, / BLUE grows new names: / turquoise, / azure, / cerulean." A red bird flying across the pages becomes a continuity motif. In summer, RED is a delicate hummingbird; in fall, "RED swells / on branches bent low. / RED: crisp, juicy, / crunch!" In winter, "RED hops to treetops / ...begins to sing: / and each note drops / like a cherry / into / my / ear." The seasons flow into each other, bringing readers full circle. Fresh descriptions and inventive artistry are a charming inspiration to notice colors and correlate emotions. Details in the artwork will invite repeated readings and challenge kids to muse about other color icons. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)
From the Publisher

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547562131
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 465,053
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Joyce Sidman lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. joycesidman.com
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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    A must Read!

    This book won the Caldecott Award and I can see why. I read this book several times and truly enjoyed it. I was taken through a year in colors by imaging all that it had to offer. I enjoyed how this book walked you through the seasons, but not in a way that I have ever read before. It takes you through the seasons during the days and some during the day and night, showing the happenings within the season. I think children of all ages can read this or have it read to them and be able to imagine this colorful and vivid world transform before their eyes. They can compare it to the seasons they have seen and imagine the seasons they have yet experienced and are experiencing for the first time through each page that is turned. The references to the colors and what they mean and how they are compared or used for description is amazing. What that color may look like in our lives through these seasons is just so imaginative. I have never seen this kind of illustration used before, myself and I love the vivid and unique way the illustrator used to images and colors in such a neat and magical way. This is a great book and I suggest it for all children, especially as a learning tool for colors, seasons and for use, to help build their imagination of what these colors and season can look like if you can only imagine them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    A must read

    I absolutely love this book. The writing style and illustrations are so vivid you can feel, taste and touch the colors of the seasons. I read it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Help!

    Plz join a dieing clan at Shadow city result one! Dx plz help! ~Honorblaze

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    Posted December 12, 2012

    Skullkit

    *stares at the clan from a distance in the woods*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Sageleaf-THIS IS URGENT-

    I know im from shadowclan but the evil within wants to attack you! Prepare yourselves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Hunter

    He picks up roarkit and takes him to yard res one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    HC

    Help! Help! I need yoy to jump in a river!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Roarkit

    *wakes up just a little bit* how did you get hurt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Icelight

    A pretty silver and blue shecat padded in, her sharp blue eyes piercing everything she looked at with a nervous but sure gaze." I'm Icelight, and I'd like to join." Around her neck were two necklaces, one made of vines with a silver moon pendant, and the other a string necklace with a vial filled with some substance. On her left front paw was a barely visible silver chain link.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Linkmark

    A grey streaked tom with blue eyes and a thre triangle mark walks in"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    To Silverkit

    Flamekit came to waterclan at seeweed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Flarekit

    *walks in next to silverkit*can i join my nam is flarekit*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Onyx to Joltkit

    Looks at you. "Maybe this will help," she says softly. She closes her eyes and Joltkit's wounds are telekinetically healed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    F

    Ignore hunters, twolegs, and other idiots trying to steal you k.

    ~Crownstar

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Read the Book, Experience the Colors

    This book is beautiful - in words and in pictures. Author Joyce Sidman is able to bring to life mere colors that people might see everyday but might not truly appreciate. With her use of figurative language such as personification and onomatopoeia, Sidman stimulates the physical senses and compels readers to hear, taste, smell, and touch different colors. Although the names of colors are actually colored the corresponding color of the name, readers can vividly see these colors through the eye-catching creations of illustrator Pamela Zagarenski. Such compatibility between Sidman's words and Zagarenski's pictures can only result in a beautiful book that children and even adults can enjoy reading over and over again.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Beautiful words and pictures

    I love this book. The author paints a beautiful picture in your mind of each season. Initially it was the illustrations that drew me in, but after reading it to my son (2 1/2), I found the words to be even more magical.

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