Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Red Sings from the Treetops, a year in colours book review

Quote of the day......

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as they are not familiar.      
                         - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1840)

Author:  Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski
Recommended ages:  3-6

This book is a Caldecott Award Honor book for 2010.  It contains twenty-eight poems, vibrant imagery and colours that are personified.  The lyrical poetry on each page features beautiful illustrations paired with Sidman's brief, evocative poems. The book begins and ends with the colour red.  The playful text describes the seasons by their colour.  The words stimulate your senses and the free verse explores a delightful and artistic way that the different colours present themselves in each season of the year.  Red is an angular character attired in a crown and robe that enters different seasons with her dog, who also sports a crown.

The season Spring:  "Red sings/from treetops.../each note dropping/like a cherry/in my ear." Green "peeks from the buds," and Yellow "slips goldfinches their spring jackets." The language and rhymn is wonderful.

 The Summer season:  Yellow melts/everything it touches.../smells like butter/tastes like salt.

The illustrations are artistically unique, full of detail and surprise. The patterns, textures, and colours are light and playful.   For example, the texture on a tree is actually the word "tree" repeated over and over again.

About the illustrator:  Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski is a brilliant painter of many worlds.  As well as illustrating picture books, she creates sculptures and large paintings, which can be viewed at an art gallery in Mystic, Conneticut.  She divides her time between Stonington, Conneticut and her house on Prince Edward Island.

Book review rating:  9  (close to perfection)

Read on and read always!

Lesen Sie weiter und lesen immer!   (German)

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