“Red Sings From Treetops”
“In Spring, Red sings from treetops. Red squirms on the road after rain. Green peeks from buds. While sounds like storms.” – Joyce Sidman
Written in beautiful lyrical verse, Red Sings From Treetops, a Caldecott Honor Book, explores nature as colors throughout the span of a year.
Through Joyce Sidman’s vivid sensory language and the gorgeous illustrative work of Pamela Zagarenski, readers’ senses are fully engaged as well as their critical thinking skills.
This story promotes analogical thinking, flexible thinking, imagination, and critical thinking.
TITLE: Red Sings From Treetops, A Year in Colors
AUTHOR: Joyce Sidman
ILLUSTRATOR: Pamela Zagarenski
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin, 2009
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: analogical thinking, flexible thinking, imagination, critical thinking
1) Look around a room. Notice the colors of things. Pick one color to represent two or three objects in that room. Use action verbs, a few adjectives and a simile or metaphor to describe each object.
BROWN stands on sturdy legs
and rests its cushioned arms.
Frolicking BROWN chases
What does BROWN represent?
Did you guesss a couch and a dog?
2) What’s another word? Create a list of 5 things in your bedroom. Next to each item, write another word or words for that item. For example: bedspread – a toasted sandwich wrap. Then using those alternate words, create a poem about your room.
To learn more about author Joyce Sidman, visit: http://www.joycesidman.com
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