Red Sings From Treetops, Joyce Sidman's poems show how colors interact with the different seasons. For example, "In spring, White sounds like storms: snapped twigs and bouncing hail, blink of lightning and rattling BOOM!". Yet in winter, "White whispers." These poems appeal to all of your senses. You will take a little more time when you are outside to notice the color in nature. Pamela Zagarenski's illustrations are unique collages with shapes, lines, and words combining to make a perfect visual companion to Sidman's poems.
Red Sings From Treetops would be a terrific anchor text for a unit on poetry. Let's teach our students that poetry is not necessarily about rhyming, but about creating feelings and visuals in the reader's mind and making us think about our world in a different way. Kudos to the Caldecott committee for selecting this book for an honor. Great lessons about figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification) can be taught using this text.