Title: Red Sings from Treetops
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Genre: Caldecott Honor Winner
Number of Pages: 30
Pub. Date: 2009
Summary: In Red Sings from Treetops Joyce Sidman presents a collection of poems about seasons and colors. The collection begins with spring and continues through the seasons, presenting their various colors in a fresh way that enables the reader to equate the colors with what they see, hear, taste and feel. The colors are introduced as they relate to each season. In the spring red is a bird singing from treetops and worms squirming on the road. In summer, red comes on a hummingbird’s throat and a beetle. Red falls as leaves and crunches as apples in the autumn, and in winter red beats in the narrator’s heart and hops on treetops as a cardinal. Each color is introduced in a similar turn of phrase as they relate to the season.
Critique: The illustrations really compliment the poems. The author uses unique lettering and type
Response: I really liked how the author used the name of the color instead of the object that she was describing. It gives the poem a very unique flow and almost makes for a higher level of thinking because you have to think about what she is talking about. My favorite line is “In Summer, White clinks in drinks. Yellow melts everything it touches… smells like butter, tastes like salt” (referring to ice, the sun, popcorn and corn).