Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547014944
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 251,051
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

The Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children.  Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists.  For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit

Pamela Zagarenski is the winner of two Caldecott Honors. The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor's Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates paintings and has a gift card line. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at, on Instagram @sacredbee, and Twitter @sacredbeez.

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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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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book as much as the other three Sidman books that I bought for my classroom library. This one seemed too primary for me. I can see it being useful in a first grade classroom.The poems deal with colors and the seasons.
kelleyhar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome pictures, but too many words and it doesn't flow
jfhennessy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exqusite book about colors throughout the changing seasons. Text and illustrations are amazing.
mildred981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about the four seasons. It tells vividly through bold colors and descriptive details how each season is unique, what colors are associated with that season. Also the beauty that comes with each season. The author gives colors human like actions such as "Red whispers along my finger with little beetle feet". The author uses many methaphors throughout the story to keep it entertaing. The beautiful imagery made it very beleviable, almost wishing you were there. The book is educational for young children because it explains the 4 seasons using all of the senses. I love how this book allows your imagnination to run wild with colors.
anniecase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful introduction to poetry! The imagery is real, but lyrical, inciting interest in young readers for its accessibility. The pictures had enormous depth and the subject of seasons is one children will enjoy and relate to.
jasmine84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well this book to me is colorful all full year. the words will change whenever move to next season. This is type like poem but descent one not that really hard to figure out the meaning...
teacherliz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is really a picture book written in verse. It starts in spring, and describes what each color is like in spring time, from the new, shy green to white sounding like storms. Then it moves through summer, fall and winter, describing what those same colors are like during each different season. The mixed media illustrations give helpful clues to the meaning of the text.2010 Caldecott HonorThis is a good study of colors for younger students. It could also be used with middle elementary students to demonstrate how picture clues and background knowledge help readers infer so they can extend their understanding of the text. I could see reading this aloud pointing out and having students use picture clues heavily at first; then having students discuss latter sections using text clues before showing them the pictures, because text clues are what students need to use more of as they move into books with fewer pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*stares at the clan from a distance in the woods*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know im from shadowclan but the evil within wants to attack you! Prepare yourselves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*wakes up just a little bit* how did you get hurt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grey streaked tom with blue eyes and a thre triangle mark walks in"
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Tara3 More than 1 year ago
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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