Red sings from treetops : a year in colors / by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.

by Sidman, JoyceLooking glass; Zagarenski, Pamela [illustrator.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009.Description: Approximately 32 pages (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780547014944.Subject(s): Seasons -- Juvenile poetryLooking glass | Colors -- Juvenile poetryLooking glass | Children's poetry, AmericanLooking glass | Color -- Poetry | American poetryLooking glass
Item type Home library Collection Class number Status Date due Barcode Item reservations
Long loan Camberwell College of Arts
Main collection
Printed books 769 ZAG (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54185556
Total reservations: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Poet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teacher's certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several children's books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Women's Voices award for Like the Air.

(Bowker Author Biography)