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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-547-01494-4

Ages 4 - 8

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"In FALL...Brown, / fat and glossy, rises in honking flocks. / Brown rustles and whispers underfoot... Red splashes fall trees / seeps into every vein / of every five-fingered leaf... Yellow grows wheels / and lumbers / down the block, blinking: / Warning--classrooms ahead." Joyce Sidman uses rich and vivid imagery as she describes colors in terms of sights and sounds and activities of the seasons. The result is a lyrical picture book that is a delight to read or hear, and a natural launching point to inspire descriptive writing. Sidman's observations are playfully acute, with associations that will surprise and delight readers and listeners as they juxtapose familiarity and inventiveness. "In Summer / White clinks in drinks. Yellow melts / everything it touches... / smells like butter, / tastes like salt." Pamela Zagarenski's whimsical illustrations accompany Sidman's words. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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