Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

"Sidman’s language is vivid and deft . . . [it] draws mystery and magic around the most familiar scenes.” —New York Times

In Spring,

Red sings

from treetops:


each note dropping like a cherry

into my ear . . .

Color comes to life in this whimsical, vibrant book. Pink hides, Green floats, Yellow and Purple hold hands, and Red . . . well, you'll just have to see. Follow the white pup as he explores the sight, smells, and sounds of color within each season. Creative team Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarensky have created a vivid, magical world!

Reader's Guide  

Junior Library Guild Activity Guide

Awards and Honors

2010 Caldecott Honor Award

Claudia Lewis Poetry Award

Minnesota Book Award

Cybils Poetry Award

Horn Book Fanfare

Bulletin Blue Ribbon

Booklist Editor's Choice


*Horn Book (starred review)

"A poet known for multilayered explorations of nature rejoices here in the way colors, and how we perceive them, change with the seasons . . .[with] the playfulness of the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty."


New York Times

"Joyce Sidman’s language is vivid and deft . . . [it] draws mystery and magic around the most familiar scenes."


*Kirkus (starred review)

"This whimsical color calendar sparkles with creativity."


*Bulletin (starred review)

"Talented poet Sidman fluidly moves from image to image, wittily personifying colors . . . the book has a freshness and visual impact all its own, and it will inspire a rainbow of uses."


*Booklist (starred review)

"Succeeding seasons offer . . . opportunities for the colors to spread their particular magic . . . .  And as the title implies, the colors that surprise on every page do sing.

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