A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt-Guests Laura Sassi & Daughter

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

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome . . .

Laura Sassi and her 10 year old daughter, little miss A!

This is what Laura had to say about their collaboration:

“Every day after school this week, my daughter has been fashioning mermaid paper dolls as well as a growing collection of mermaid outfits hanging on hangers using her colored pencils, stiff art paper and scissors.  She has then been playing mermaid boutique. With the dolls and her play as my inspiration, I now present —-“

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And no wonder Laura was inspired! Look at this art!

mermaid drawing
Art by little miss A

I think Ebb and Flo are the luckiest mermaids ever! They will have the whole, entire ocean swimming over to shop at their boutique!

Thanks, Laura and little miss A for sharing your poem and art! I know you made quite a splash with our readers!

Laura's picMeet Laura: Laura’s poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in many publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket,Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., FamilyFun, and Pack-O-Fun.  Her first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK, published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company, and illustrated by Jane Chapman, set sail this past August.  Her second book is scheduled to release this coming October. Stay tuned for details….
In addition to writing, Laura loves doing creative projects with her kids (like knitting and building with Legos) and is delighted that her daughter enjoys drawing and using her imagination just as much as her mama does. Click HERE to see a second poem/picture mother/daughter collaboration.  Laura writes from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her awesome husband, two adorable kids, and a black cockapoo named Sophie. You can also find her on her blogFacebook, and Twitter.

Be sure to check out Laura’s first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK. I absolutely adore this book!Goodnight Ark cover

poetry friday button Heidi Mordhorst of My Juicy Little Universe is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Thanks Heidi 🙂

81 thoughts on “A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt-Guests Laura Sassi & Daughter

    1. Thanks for coming by, Diana. I am loving this series more than I can say! It just evolved from me wanting to add something extra to my blog-Landon and me as a team. Then it evolved to having guests. It is a treat to see what Landon draws for our episodes and to see what lands in my Inbox when guest collaborators send their work. It makes me giddy!!!


  1. So adorable, Laura and Miss A! I love those mermaids and the “closet” of fancy tails. I’ll have to show my daughter. And very cute poem!

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  2. So. Much. Fun! I looooooove it when my kids make things–it reassures me that their lives haven’t become completely 2D and screen-driven. I can see A’s mermaids becoming a little book with Laura’s poem, can’t you? And have you all seen this?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY2Q3xdGkvs You and Laura and A and even Landon will love it.

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  3. I am a collector of mermaid art, so this post is a special gift! Love the fun and imagination in the poem, and the mermaid-paper-dolls are so colorful and enchanting. Collaborations like this are what art and poetry and love are all about. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Well, with all these mermaids, and believe me, there are more, I feel like a collector as well. Thanks for sharing in the joy of collaboration and creativity!


  4. Beautiful mermaids! What a wonderful poem. Thanks to Laura, her daughter, and you Penny. Perfect Poetry Friday addition. I didn’t play along today. Since our electricity was out. But I host next week. 🙂

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  5. I think your daughter and mine would get along extremely well together Laura! Too bad we don’t live closer. Great job!


  6. I want to go to the Mermaid Boutique! Those dolls and their clothes are so beautiful and such an inspiration! And the poem fits the artwork perfectly! Well done to you and your daughter and thanks for sharing, Laura.

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  7. Penny, I love yours and Landon’s posts, but also enjoy the guests that you’ve been bringing on board. The interaction of adult/child will be memorable and educational to both. Look how the big people have come up with written ideas from what the little ones present them! Loving this!!!

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