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RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS

A Year in Colors

By Joyce Sidman (Author) , Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 16th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-01494-4

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)