Thursday, July 11, 2013
Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2009
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Caldecott Honor, Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, Cybils Poetry Award, Horn Book Fanfare, Booklist Editor's Choice, CCBC Choices, Junior Library Guild
Summary: A collection of poems that describes the seasons of the year using colors. The colors sing, dance, squirm, and create pictures in the readers' minds. Each color has its own personality as they go through the year. (I love that Yellow and Purple are friends. :)) The watercolors are gorgeous, each one having the perfect palette for the season it portrays.
Classroom Ideas: Besides being based on personification of the colors, these poems use many examples of figurative language. There is onomatopoeia (cheer-cheer-cheer) and simile (each note dropping like a cherry). Like most well-written poetry, the words are perfectly chosen and incredibly descriptive.