Red Sings from Treetops

Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.

Move through the seasons with the colors built into verses dedicated to a color and the season.  Delight in the fact that spring is more than just green as Sidman weaves all of the colors into spring some in quite surprising and insightful ways.  The whimsical paintings of Zagarenski also offer a complexity and uniqueness to the title.  This is much more than spring being green and filled with flowers.  Here spring is red with cardinals, white with lightning, blue sky, yellow goldfinches, and pink with baby birds.  Summer, autumn and winter follow each with all of the colors found and celebrated in different ways. 

Sidman’s poetry will pull the reader into the book, offering lovely moments such as the yellow of summer:

Yellow melts

everything it touches…

smells like butter,

tastes like salt.

Isn’t that summer captured in a color?  And that is just one color in one season.  The senses are involved in this color book, as is rhythm and a sense of the actual season itself.  It is a picture book that allows you to think of the colors you associate with a season, the unexpected, the small touches.  I can see this being used in an art class to inspire students to paint more than the usual colors for seasonal pieces as well as a very successful poetry picture book for use in general classes.

Appropriate for ages 5-8, this book will work best with time afterwards for discussion because it will have everyone buzzing with new ideas.

2 thoughts on “Red Sings from Treetops

  1. As soon as I picked this book up, I knew it would take its place among my growing list of favorites. In fact, I’ve been leaving the book open around the house and flip the page every so often. It seems wrong to close the cover on something so beautiful. As a teacher, I’m already thinking about ways to incorporate it into my classes.


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