A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests Renée LaTulippe and Twin Sons

 

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 and 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 and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today I’m thrilled to have a double-the-fun episode with . . .

Renée LaTulippe and her 5-year old twin sons, Claudio and Lorenzo

This is what Renée had to say about the collaboration with her twins:

Last summer, my twins took a painting class. The two pieces here are those that were shown in their first public art exhibit.

boys painting

Painters Hard at Work

More from Renée about her collaboration with Claudio:

My sensitive boy, Claudio, mixed these haunting colors on his own, added his special trees, and titled it “The Islands.” I imagine it was inspired by the view of Elba Island that we enjoy from our town in Italy, but the mood is all his.

“The Islands” by Claudio

Claudio's painting

Painting by Claudio

Renée’s Claudio-inspired Poem 

Leaving poem

And more from Renée about her collaboration with Lorenzo:

The following is a poem inspired by one of my joyous-yet-concerned Lorenzo’s many drawings of oblivious dinosaurs.

 “The Dinosaur” by Lorenzo

The King

Painting by Lorenzo

Renée’s Lorenzo-inspired Poem

Lorenzo Explains his painting poem

I don’t know about you, but I would love to have an original Claudio or Lorenzo painting framed for my refrigerator. I’m sure Renée has a whole gallery. Lucky her 🙂


Momma and boys

Momma and Boys

Meet Renée: Renée has co-authored nine award-winning early readers (Moonbeam Children’s Books Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Awards), a collection of poetry titledLizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new (Moonbeam Children’s Books Silver Award for poetry), and the workbook All About Homophones (Finalist, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards) for All About Learning Press, where she is also the editor. She also has poems published in The Poetry Friday Anthology Middle School, Science, and Celebrations editions (ed. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong), and in the forthcoming anthologies The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (ed. J. Patrick Lewis) and One Minute Till Bedtime (ed. Kenn Nesbitt). Renée is thrilled that her twin boys Lorenzo and Claudio share her creative proclivities, and can usually be found drawing, singing, inventing, wearing capes, and going to music lessons. They recently made their theatrical debut in Pisa and brought the house down with their momentous performances as two of Snow White’s dwarfs (Renée may have invented the “brought the house down” part). When not making stuff, Renée and her boys love to splash in the Mediterranean and observe dung beetles on the beach. Because who doesn’t like that?

Find out more about Renée.
Blog: No Water River
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Thanks to Jone at Check it Out for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Head on over and delight in poetry!

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Power Down, Little Robot-Perfect Picture Book Friday

Info Alert: Robots have a bedtime, too! Yes, they do! And little robots, like little kids, will do their best to avoid it. You must read this book! Adorable!
power down little robotPower Down, Little Robot
Written by by Anna Staniszewski
Illustrated by Tim Zeltner
Henry Holt and Co. 2015
Ages 2-6
Themes: Bedtime, robots

Synopsis: It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module.

Opening:
“Bedtime, my little robot!” Mom Unit calls.
I quickly open my stalling program.
“I’m thirsty. Can I have a can of oil?” I ask.
“You’ve already gone over your daily limit,” Mom Unit says. “It’s time to power down for the night.”

Don’t miss the fun book trailer.

Resources: Click HERE for sleepy time tips and a printable door hanger. And I had some ideas of my own to enhance sharing this book with children.
1. Create a matching game by drawing pictures on cards. Another option is to snap photos of the items in the book and photos of your child’s corresponding item. Instead of a matching game, this could easily be a discussion between parent and child.
Can of Oil-Drink of Water
Brush Cogs-Brush Teeth
Read Manual-Read Book
Robot Toy-Stuffed Animal or Blanket
Circuit Hurts-Tummy Ache
Sleep Module-Bed

2. After reading, go through the book again, looking at illustrations and noting how things are similar, but different to our world. Compare food, toys, house, mom, little robot’s, bed, etc.

Why I Like This Book: Let’s face it, bedtime stories have been around forever and are hugely popular. What delights me about Power Down, Little Robot is Anna Staniszewski‘s fresh approach. She takes all the excuses a child makes and translates to “robot”. She does it with a sweet humor that stays with me and brings me back to read and read again. I fell in love with Little Robot  and Mom Unit. I’ll bet you will, too 🙂

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny in Episode 11

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)

Since it’s the 2nd Friday of the month, Landon and I are here with Episode 11 in our series. For those of you that may be visiting for the first time, here’s a bit about the series. A Great Nephew and a Great Ant  Aunt is all about collaboration. 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 of our episodes, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. Landon I have enjoyed this so much that we wanted to share the fun with others. So back in January I started featuring guest collaborators as part of the series. The guests have been amazing and I have guests lined up for many months to come.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Now . . .

Episode 11:
Tea Party

The Poem

text with background

A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt-Guests Catherine Johnson & 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 . . .

Catherine Johnson and 6 year old daughter, Hannah!

When I asked Catherine to join me today, she jumped right on board by looking through Hannah’s stash of paintings for inspiration. I know you’ll enjoy Catherine’s sense of humor as much as I do.

The Poem

Catherine's poem wth background

The Picture That Inspired

Hannah's drawing

Art by Hannah

Catherine and Hannah having fun in a Niagara Skywheel.

Hannah and myself in a big wheel at Niagra

Thanks to Catherine and Hannah for joining our series and sharing their work. And be sure to watch out below in case the Mexico Rabbit Kid crash lands in your neighborhood 🙂

Meet Catherine and Hannah: Catherine Johnson is a British Ex-Pat who loves Formula One, The Voice, dog walks and being silly. She also loves writing poems for kids and now can’t stop doodling and painting, too. Catherine is the author/illustrator of Weirdo Zoo, The Everglades, and Zompoemz. She blogs about poems and art on her blog HERE.

Hannah is six, and a budding artist.


 

poetry friday buttonThanks to Robyn Campbell for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week.