Monday, April 01, 2013

Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors by Joyce Sidman, Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

In Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors, Joyce Sidman alludes to the cardinal in her opening poem:

  Red sings
  from treetops:
  each note dropping
  like a cherry
  into my ear.

Read this picture book of poetry aloud, and savor the images Sidman, an award winning poet, dishes out! Spring, summer, fall winter. A tiny red bird flitters through each season culminating with cheery notes floating through a snowy sky as

Green waits
  in the hearts of trees,
  feeling the earth turn.”

Pamela Zagarenski’s mixed media paintings on wood are full of wonderful details, such as Pup, a small white dog, which appears on almost every page, wearing a crown cut from printed text.

Children ages 4 and older will enjoy the discovery of the tiny elements in the pictures as well as the sensory language to describe the seasons.

"A wrestle, a romp,
a feast:
Mmmm. . .
winter tastes White."

The art is whimsical, textural, overflowing with pattern and spontaneity! According to the Junior Library Guild, Zagarenski emailed her ideas for the illustrations to the author after dreaming of the art images. Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors is a 2010 Caldecott Honor Book.

If you like Zagarenski's style, I suggest you check out  Sleep Like a Tiger, another Caldecott Honor Book (2013) filled with her imaginative illustrations. 

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