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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 This book is truly creative and unusual in a very good way I admit it took me several pages to get used to the illustration of the person queen Then, I grew fond of all the illustrations.So unique While this is free form poetry story of the passing of the seasons honors the joys of each season, my favorite aspect was how the many colors written about were written in their color This makes it terrific for teaching colors too, and not just the typical colors featured in learn your colors books There s gray and brown and various shades of blue, and so many Some pages feature one color that s mentioned over and over other pages mingle the colors It s very aesthetically pleasing and educational too.I love how everybody wears crowns on their heads, including the dog, except for one character who is wearing a live bird on its head at one point.I liked the poetic story and I think many children will agree, but I wouldn t be surprised if some children enjoy the pictures and the colors written out and in the illustrations than the story poetry text In my opinion, the final result is fabulous and comes together perfectly. As a child I had many favorite books and it was only when I got older that they crystallized in my brain enough so that I could chose a favorite But if you asked me today what book I loved than any other, I don t think I d be too off base when I said it was Tasha Tudor s A Time to Keep Now there are a couple of reasons for this I liked how she drew cupcakes, I liked the corgis, and I particularly liked the idea of kids running around playing games and pranks each month But the thing that stuck with me, and continues to stick with me after all these years, was the feeling I got when I read that book It was my first encounter with the evocative and I ve never quite forgotten it It s something I like to keep a lookout for when I read picture books today Generally, I don t quite find it, but once in a great while there s a book that hits all the right chords This year, that book would have to be Red Sings from Treetops A Year in Colors A follow up of sorts to Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski s This is Just to Say Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, Sidman and Zagarenski do what they can to conjure up what seasonal change feels like It s nothing like their previous book, and everything you d want in a poetry collection.If you re going to write poems about the seasons, it s good to find a way to do so Why not use colors then Poet Joyce Sidman takes on the challenge, describing each season with a series of six or so poems, sometimes using the colors you d expect green for spring, of course and sometimes using colors you wouldn t normally consider gray for summer The poems elicit thrills as they discuss the small moments that make a season feel real to a person Watching moths flutter outside a screen door The suddenness of a spring storm The different shades of blue you spot on the waves of a lake or ocean And in almost every picture a red bird flies high above, the Red who sings the seasons, one after another after another.I don t actually know the story behind this book A co worker informed me that rather that lots of little separate poems this is actually a book that s just one big poem broken up into small sections Maybe it s true, but that s not how it felt to me While there was certainly a connection between one section and another she doesn t just throw autumn into the middle of spring or summer amidst the cold blowing winds of December they are separate little entities in and of themselves Each little poem if you see them as such is a different color, and not always the color you might associate with a season Pink for winter Makes a lot sense with Sidman tells you that Pink blooms powder soft over pastel hills At the same time, colors repeat themselves Pink also happens to be a spring color And here, in secret places, peeps Pink hairless, featherless, the color of new things The color is now the crisp cold morning light on the one hand, and the soft unprotected underbelly of a helpless creature on the other.Generally I don t have much respect for summer Don t get me wrong, I love it when I m in it But reading about it Blah blah sand blah blah sun So how much impressive it is to me when Sidman brings summer to life just as she does every season in a way that doesn t rely on old tropes and overused phrases When talking about a warm twilight she writes simply, Purple pours into summer evenings one shadow at a time, so slowly I don t notice until hill, house, book in my hand, and Pup s Brown spots are all Purple So she does a good summer, but the real test How does she treat my favorite season of the year, fall Well for starters she brings up the green that you see in the fall Green is tired, dusty, crisp around the edges That is true Brown rules the fall, red falls from the trees, and yellow becomes the school bus Purple is the smell of, old leaves, crushed berries, squishy plums with worms in them Purple the smell of all things mixed together And finally, the great and powerful orange of Halloween alongside the black resting in dark branches Brilliant.And of course, there are the pictures Another co worker of mine they re an outspoken crew found the fact that a lot of animals and people wear crowns in this book just a bit too twee This is true There is a crown on the main character, whosoever that person is, and on the animals as well I agree that crowns can be considered twee particularly when they hover over the baby birds heads but fortunately A I wasn t distracted by them until I was told to notice them and B I find them fun than anything else Crooked crowns like those worn by Jughead or Bugs Meaney are particularly cool Besides, it takes a hard and hardened heart not to enjoy the illustrations in this book, which are not twee in the least Now I ll confess to you that Zagarenski is working with mixed media paintings on wood with computer illustrations for spice and I am not always a mixed media fan I tend to like my media unmixed, but this artist does a stand up job of conjuring up the very temperature of a season Those black summers feel muggy and that fall so crisp You come to trust Zagarenski s choices So much so that even a whale in a night sky makes perfect sense in the context of its surroundings You do not question these selections She gives you no reason to.The design is particularly pleasing too The designers of the world simply do not get enough credit sometimes Maybe this is all Zagarenski, but the poems really work beautifully within and with the illustrations We ve all seen those children s books where the picture book text has been dismissed to a plain white border, produced solely for the purpose of making the words legible Here the words are readable and they always make sense that they crop up where they do You wouldn t put them anywhere else From a purposeful standpoint I will sometimes get teachers or parents in my library looking for poetry collections that support the curriculum in one way or another I had one woman come in looking for poems about shapes it can be found, but it s not easy Colors and seasons are similar requests, and I m sure that there are children s librarians all over the country fielding such reference questions Sometimes you have to rely on some dilapidated old title that just happens to be what you need And sometimes, just sometimes, you can hand them something like Red Sings from Treetops secure in the knowledge that you ve just introduced your patrons to something fabulous The first time I hand this to a patron I know I ll be positively giddy and probably repeating Have you seen it Have you seen it Have you seen it like a broken record Beautiful in every possible sense of word, this is a book that engages both the heart and the eyes Necessary purchase.For ages 4 8. On a purely and utterly textual level, I have absolutely adored the both colourful and oh so esoterically, sweetly preceptive seasonally inspired poetry, the lyrical nature verses author Joyce Sidman presents in Red Sings From Treetops The words used, featured, they to and for me so totally and completely capture and distill what the four seasons, what spring, summer, autumn and winter represent and mean they are lively, sweet, and yes, glowingly shining with exquisitely colourfully hued gracefulness, pure and caressingly tender lyrical perfection.And if Red Sings From Treetops were indeed presented to me as simply a collection of poetry, a compilation of lyrical offering glorifying and celebrating the four seasons, I would most likely be rating it with four and perhaps even five stars However, and this is a very massive and frustrating however, I personally have not at all enjoyed illustrator Pamela Zagarenski s accompanying illustrations and have not really been able to even mildly appreciate them, their 2010 Caldecott Honour award quite notwithstanding For although I have previously rather enjoyed Pamela Zagarenski s artwork and illustrative style, her accompanying pictorial offerings for Red Sings From Treetops are for one and first and foremost much too minutely small and thus massively difficult for me to even adequately visualise with my rapidly ageing eyes and for two, the images shown, well, they mostly seem rather exaggerated, visually strange and to the point that they do not really in any way complement or compliment Joyce Sidman s poetry, feeling continuously and distinctly out of place and leaving me so massively disappointed on an aesthetic level, that I am in truth only able to truly enjoy and savour Red Sings From Treetops and fully submerse myself in Joyce Sidman s brilliant and lovely lyricism if I am able to actively ignore and forget about the illustrations and since I have not really been all that much able to accomplish and achieve this, and as the illustrations always do seem to annoyingly and frustratingly intrude and interfere, I can and will only consider a low three star rating at best for Red Sings From Treetops, with a full five stars for the text, for Joyce Sidman s outstandingly superb seasonal nature poetry, her paean to spring, summer, autumn and winter, but only one tiny star for Pamela Zagarenski s accompanying illustrations, for at least for and to me, they have left nothing but disappointment and aesthetic frustration, and have resulted in a a rather major headache to boot, because I have constantly been forced to squint due to the tininess, the lack of visual clarity of the featured, the presented pictures. 4.5 out of 5Joyce Sidman s free verse about the colors of the seasons is unique, incredibly evocative, and delightfully perceptive Here are a few of my favorite lines from each seasonIn SPRING,Red singsfrom treetops cheer cheer cheer,each note droppinglike a cherryinto my ear And here,in secret places,peeps Pink hairless,featherless,the color ofnewthings In SUMMER,White clinks in drinks.Yellow meltseverything it touchessmells like butter,tastes like salt In FALL,Green is tired,dusty,crisp around the edges.Green sighs with relief I ve ruled for so long.Time for Brown to take over In the WINTER dawn,Pink bloomspowder softover pastel hills.Pink prickles warm fingersagainst cold cheeksPamela Zagarenski s mixed media illustrations in Red Sings from Treetops are colorful, whimsical, and exquisite, and they match Joyce Sidman s imaginative and playful verse perfectly It s official I m falling in love with children s poetry This book is wonderful I am now inspired to read all the Caldecott books I know I won t love them all, but this is a gem and I hope I will discover. Move through the seasons with the colors built into verses dedicated to a color and the season Delight in the fact that spring is 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 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 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. This is a wonderful book of poems that describe the colors throughout the year as the seasons change Very appropriate for our latitude compared to when we lived in Hawaii , this book shows how nature s colors wax and wane and change all year The poems are short and the illustrations are colorful, with lots of patterns and textures I love that the poems are so expressive and paint a word picture that children can really grasp and appreciate I listened as our oldest read these poems aloud we really enjoyed reading this book together.This book was selected as one of the books for the September 2017 Caldecott Honors 2008 2012 discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads. I love this book While primarily a collection of poetry about different facets of the seasons, there is also a continuity in both the poetry and the illustration which makes it a story It is like a love song to the seasons and to all the treasures we find if we have eyes and hearts for nature I love how the colors keep reappearing in different ways throughout the seasons Poetry is so subjective and I admit that I am not always a fan of children s poetry books, but I think this is a true gem that can be enjoyed at any time of year. In Summer, White clinks in drinks Yellow melts everything it touches smells like butter, tastes like salt In Red Sings From the Treetops, Joyce Sidman takes you on a beautiful journey of the seasons that stimulates the senses You can almost feel the seasons as she describes them and await each color and how she ll relate it to the season I enjoyed reading this book to myself and was engaged by how Sidman describes the seasons using color This is a great book for a read aloud in grades 1 3 The opportunities for discussion about what Sidman is saying are endless What does she mean when she says, In the winter woods, Gray and Brown hold hands Their brilliant sisters Red, Orange, and Yellow have all gone home Pamela Zagarenski s illustration will help younger students to understand the poetry even.