A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt-Episode 4-Poetry Friday

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Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

It’s time for another episode of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. I, the GREAT Aunt, team up with Landon, the GREAT nephew, to bring you, our GREAT readers, a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. In each episode, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. And I must mention that Landon is a fifth grader. Yes! A fifth grader drew our amazing banner! Today is Episode 4. If you missed previous episodes, you can view them by clicking below.
Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair
Episode 3: OUCH!

For today’s episode, I have a poem for the season and Landon’s illustration has his special touch that brings my words to life.

Episode 4: Frolicking Foliage

The Poem

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The Picture 
Art by Landon

Art by Landon

That’s one magical pencil sharpener, isn’t it? I’m going to have to ask Landon where I can get one!

Thanks to all of you who joined us for Episode 4 of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. See you back for Episode 5 in two weeks :-)

Michelle Barnes has the Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog, Today’s Little Ditty. If you’re not too scared, head on over for some shivery fun!

My Picture Book Critique Service

Today is a big day for me. I am launching my paid critique service! It wasn’t that long ago that I was looking for a professional to critique manuscripts for me. I was just starting out on my wonderful journey of becoming a children’s author. I had manuscripts completed, but I had read enough about the world of publishing to know that I needed someone else’s eyes on my work before sending them to editors or agents. I knew I needed someone who would give me honest and constructive feedback. Early on, I was lucky enough to receive critiques that helped me take my writing to the next level. I can honestly say that the early feedback I received made me even more serious about writing picture books that would stand out in the market and catch an editor’s eye.

Fast forward to today. I have now been in an amazing critique group for over three years. Additionally, I have an amazing critique partner. On top of that, I’ve exchanged manuscripts with children’s authors I’ve met through social media, and with authors I’m connected with through my agency. That means I have received amazing feedback on my manuscripts. It, also, means that I have learned to critique by completing a LOT of critiques. As of today, I have completed over 190 critiques of picture book manuscripts! I couldn’t believe it when I counted!

I have more information and testimonials on the Critique Services page on my website.Thank you for coming by today to read about my new venture. And if you need a fresh pair of eyes on your picture book manuscript or are interested in learning more about my Critique Service, please visit my page by clicking HERE.

Perfect Picture Book Friday-One Big Pair of Underwear

Can you believe we’re going to talk about underwear today? Especially bears in underwear? Especially two bears in one big pair of underwear? Well, it’s not my fault. It’s Laura Gehl’s fault for writing a book that I just had to share on this Perfect Picture Book Friday.

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One Big Pair of Underwear
Written by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Themes: Counting, Sharing, Rhyme, Language Fun
Ages: 3-8

Synopsis: (from Booklist) The word underwear is enough to make kids erupt in giggles. But when two bears contemplate sharing one pair of underwear, youngsters will be rolling in the aisles. Add rhymes, tongue twisters, and alliteration into the mix, and you’ll find spirited entertainment in this picture-book introduction to basic concepts. A joy to read aloud with its well-paced rhythms…Placed on crisp white backgrounds, the digitally colored pencil illustrations are full of charm and humor. With a unique method of introducing subtraction, this wholly engaging title will be requested over and over again.

Opening: ONE big pair of underwear.
TWO brown bears who hate to share.
ONE bear wears the underwear.
ONE bear cries, “This isn’t fair!”

Resources: On her website, Laura has guides for using One Big Pair of Underwear for Language Arts and Math. Click HERE to view her guides.

  • Why I Like This Book: Those of you who read my Perfect Picture Book posts know that I love silly, humorous books. So the fact that this is over-the-top silly is my number one reason for liking this book. But, last night I was rereading it to see if I could pick a few other reasons why I like this book (even though over-the-top silly is good enough for me :-) ). I read it out loud, of course, because that is way a picture book should be read. And even though I have read this book many times and I know what’s coming, I couldn’t stop giggling. So here we are back at the over-the-top silly reason, and that’s what I’m going with! That’s why I like this book! And without spoiling anything, I’ll mention a few things that made me giggle besides the underwear.
  • the tongue-twisty Seuss-ish rhyme
  • the yaks
  • the goats
  • “SIX cooks pull books out of nooks.” (divine)
  • the SIX divinely illustrated cooks (no, I’m not telling what the cooks look like)
  • the whining cow
  • the parade

So put on your underwear (and a few other items of clothing) and get to a bookstore or the library! Pronto!

Susanna Leonard Hill is the host of Perfect Picture Book Friday. Check out today’s links on her blog. She has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed on other Fridays. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.

 

Poetry Friday-A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt-Episode 3

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Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Welcome back to A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt where I team up with my GREAT nephew, Landon, who is a fifth grader. Every other week, we bring our GREAT readers a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. Today is Episode 3. If you missed previous episodes, you can view them by clicking below.
Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair

For today’s episode, I have an acrostic poem that Landon has cleverly illustrated.

Episode 3-OUCH!

The Poem

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The Picture

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Art by Landon

Landon has a great sense of humor. For an added chuckle, click on the picture to enlarge and see what is written below “OUCH” :-)

Thanks to all of you who joined us for Episode 3 of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. See you back for Episode 4 in two weeks :-)

Today’s Poetry Friday host is the delightful Jama Rattigan at Jama’s Aphabet Soup.

Perfect Picture Book Friday-Puddle Pug

Last February, one of my PPBF picks was Kim Norman’s book, If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! Today I have picked another of Kim’s books.

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Puddle Pug
Written by Kim Norman
Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
Themes: friendship, language fun
Ages: 3-7

Synopsis: (from publisher’s website) Percy the Pug loves puddles—big puddles, small puddles, swamp puddles, stomp puddles. But no puddle is perfect  . . .  until he finds one with three friendly piglets. But protective Mama Pig says NO PUGS and chases Percy away! Irresistibly illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, Kim Norman’s tale about a persistent pug and his pursuit of friendship in puddle paradise brims with warmth and charm.

Opening: Percy was a puddle pug. He loved puddles of every sort:
Swamp puddles,
stomp puddles,
ready-for-a-romp puddles.
Foggy puddles,
froggy puddles,
deeper-than-a-doggy puddles.

Resources: Make your own puddle map. Label the puddles and use paw print stencil or stamp (found at craft stores) to mark the path from puddle to puddle as you read the story. Draw or name the creatures that Percy encounters at the puddles on his search for the perfect puddle. Talk about why that creature might be in or near a puddle.

Why I Like This Book: Percy is adorable! And it’s not just his little pug face! His personality is adorable, too. Adorable and endearing. On top of that, Kim Norman’s language is just plain fun. I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and read her delightful descriptions of the puddles Percy explores. I posted the opening above and that’s just a glimpse at the cuter-than-cute, read aloud fun that awaits. Also, Keika Yamaguchi’s illustrations couldn’t be more perfect! She captures emotion in every spread. And that makes Pug Puddle a perfect marriage between text and art!

Susanna Leonard Hill, most magnificent host of Perfect Picture Book Friday, has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.

 

Poetry Friday-A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt-Episode 2

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Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Welcome back to A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt where I team up with my GREAT nephew, Landon, and we bring our GREAT readers a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. Today is Episode 2. If you missed Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose, please click HERE to view it.

Before presenting our poem and picture for Episode 2, I wanted to highlight Landon’s amazing banner that he created just for the A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt series. I love his creative vision of our title for many reasons, but this bit of a backstory is a reason that made me laugh out loud. One thing you should know about Landon is that he is highly allergic to fire ants and understandably has a strong dislike for ants in general. So when they tried to take over our series with their drills and dozers, and cranes and coffee, and hammers and hard hats, Landon promptly took the upper foot and squashed their bold move. Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here!

Now moving on to  . . .

Episode 2-Robot Repair

The Poem

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The Picture

Robot Repair

Art by Landon

Thanks to Landon, the robot repair was successful! Notice the tools in his drawing. I just love the way he adds details that up the fun of the poem-story!

Thanks to all of you who joined us for Episode 2 of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. See you back for Episode 3 in two weeks :-)

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting Poetry Friday at The Poem Farm today.

Perfect Picture Book Friday-Tuck-In Time

Perfect Picture Book Friday is back! Very exciting. A big part of the excitement is being able to introduce books that I have read and that I don’t want anyone to miss. So today I want to tell you about an adorable book for naptime/bedtime.

Tuck In Time

Written by Carole Gerber
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014
Ages:1 to 3
Themes: Naptime, Bedtime, Language Fun

Opening:
When I tuck you in,
what do I see?
Two little eyes shining at me.
I see two little ears
that I want you to tweak
and a round little nose.
Can you push it? Beep! Beep!

Brief Synopsis: (from School Library Journal) A stuffed bunny cavorting on the endpapers as well as a puppy, bunny in its mouth, standing guard by a bed in the following scene, usher children into this delightful bedtime ritual.

Resources: Reading the book encourages parent/child interaction as different body parts are introduced in the bedtime ritual. And HERE are some fun bedtime games.

Why I Like This Book: There can never be enough bedtime books and this one is sure to be a favorite. The rhythmic rhyme uses simple language that will have the toddler chiming in with the parent. Didn’t you want to chime in when you read the opening?? The illustrations are a perfect fit. Cozy and delightful! I especially loved the puppy and the bunny being a part of the bedtime ritual. There is no doubt that this is a Perfect Picture Book!

Susanna Leonard Hill, most magnificent host of Perfect Picture Book Friday, has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.