Rebecca Colby and Daughters, 9-year old, Sasha and 5-year old, Alanna

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 it is my pleasure to welcome a collaborative trio  . . .

Rebecca Colby and Daughters, Sasha and Alanna

Rebecca’s words about the collaboration: When I first asked my daughters if they wanted to collaborate with me and create either a poem or illustration for Penny’s blog, they both replied enthusiastically.

“I want to color a picture!” said Alanna (a 5-year-old who could quite happily spend the entire day coloring pictures).

“Yes! But you need to write the poem first,” continued Sasha, directing her comment at me. “And then we’ll draw a picture to go with it.”

I explained to my nine-year-old that it didn’t matter who wrote the poem. She could do whichever she chose, but when pressed for a reason why she preferred to draw, Sasha replied, “You’re the poet, Mummy.”

Although she’s been known to brag that her writing is much better than mine, she rarely writes, claiming that she ‘hates writing’. I worried that I might be partly to blame for this. Perhaps having a mother who writes puts pressure on her. Perhaps she feels there is an expectation for her to both write and be good at it.

I didn’t press her further.

But then Easter rolled around. And with it, lots of chocolate eggs. Also, around this time, Sasha studied chocolate in school. For a week, her class did nothing but eat, breathe, and live chocolate. Not only did they learn how chocolate is made and sample various kinds of chocolate, they were expected to write about chocolate.

And that’s when—if you’ll excuse the expression, Penny–the penny dropped. It dawned on her that she could write about anything. Absolutely anything! The next thing I knew, she proudly presented me with a poem about one of her favorite things–chocolate.

“I’ve written an awesome poem,” she said, and then added, “You can draw a picture to go with it.”

Except I can’t draw pictures. So she threw my words back at me and explained that it didn’t matter who drew the pictures.

“But you and your sister are the illustrators,” I said.

Thankfully, Sasha didn’t press me further. And before long, it dawned on me that an illustration doesn’t need to be hand-drawn, it only needs to be visual. So I took a picture of my daughters eating crème eggs, and everyone was thrilled. Although I did eventually cave-in and sketch the outline of a crème egg for the 5-year-old to color.

Here is our work:

Sasha’s PoemSlide1

Collaborative Drawing-Sketched by Rebecca, Colored by Alanna

creme egg - Alanna's pic (1) copy

Art by Rebecca and Alanna

Photography by Rebecca-Creme Egg Obsession

Creme egg obsession (2) copy

Creme Egg Obsession

Photography by Rebecca-Creme Egg Feast

Creme Egg feast (2) copy

Cream Egg Feast

A triple round of thanks to Rebecca, Sasha, and Alanna for being our guests today. This was truly a feast of talent 🙂


 

Colby author photo copy

Meet Rebecca: Rebecca is a picture book author and poet. Her second book, It’s Raining Bats & Frogs, will be published by Feiwel & Friends in August 2015. Her first book, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, is published by Floris Picture Kelpies.

Before writing for children, Rebecca inspected tights, taught English in Taiwan, worked for a Russian comedian and travelled the world as a tour director. You can learn more about Rebecca at www.rebeccacolbybooks.com or follow her on Twitter at @amscribbler.


Rebecca’s Books
Wee Lassie cover copy

Published 2014

Bats and Frogs jacket copy

Coming August 11, 2105


 

Carol at Carol’s Corner has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. poetry friday button

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests, Brother and Sister, Erik and Josie Weibel

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 it is my pleasure to welcome the collaborative brother-sister team  . . .

Erik and Josie Weibel

You’re in for a treat as I welcome our young collaborators. Erik is 13 years old and Josie is 11 years old. Prepare to be wowed!

Josie’s Watercolor

Josie's Art edit

Watercolor by Josie Weibel

Erik said, “Josie’s art inspired my poem. She did that watercolor and it just made my imagination run! :)”

I totally get that! Josie’s watercolor is fabulous and inspiring. So is Erik’s poem.

Erik’s Poem

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Many thanks to Josie and Erik for being our guests today!

Today the Poetry Friday Roundup is at A Year of Reading.Thanks for hosting Mary Lee.
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photos of Erik and Josie

 

Meet Josie: Josie is an eleven-year-old fourth grader who loves art. She has a picture published in an anthology and a poem published in Ladybug Magazine. When she is not drawing, Josie races go karts competitively at local tracks. She wants to help animals when she grows up.
Josie’s Blog-Animals and Art

Meet Erik: Erik is a thirteen-year-old seventh grader who loves to read. He started his blog, This Kid Reviews Books, when he was nine. Erik writes a monthly book review column for the Upper Bucks Free Press. He self-published his first book titled “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: A Bad Idea.” He has a poem and a short story published in two anthologies. He holds junior black belts in Taekwondo and Okinawan Karate. In his spare time he likes to play the trumpet and form plots to take over the world.
Twitter (@ThisKid_Erik )
Google Plus
Facebook Page
Erik’s Website-This Kid Reviews Books

 

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny in Episode 14

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.

Since today is the second Friday of June, Landon and I have a new episode and . . .guess what??? We switched places!! No! I did NOT do the art! Are you crazy?? Have you seen my stick man? So, no, that would NOT be a good idea. Here’s the switch: Instead of one of my poem’s providing the inspiration for a Landon illustration, one of his drawings provided the inspiration for a Penny poem. As soon as his mom posted his SUPER drawing on Facebook, I was SUPER inspired to zoom off and write a poem.

A SUPER fun fact: This drawing includes every member of Landon’s SUPER family, the Staples.

So here we go.

Episode 14: Super Staples
The Art

Art by Landon

Art by Landon

See why I was SUPER inspired???

The PoemSlide1

By the way, I mentioned in the last episode that Landon has a recurring object in most of his illustrations? The object isn’t in Episodes #1 or #8, but it is in all the others. Do you see it today?

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 our guests episodes as well as our past episodes.

We hope you have a SUPER day and we look forward to having you for future episodes!

Jama Rattigan, who always serves up a SUPER feast, has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. Head on over and indulge!
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A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests Carrie Finison with 6-year-old daughter, Mia, and 9 year-old son, Eben

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 it is my pleasure to welcome a collaborative trio  . . .

Carrie Finison, her 6-year-old daughter, Mia, and her 9 year-old son, Eben

This from Carrie:
My collaborators were my daughter, Mia and my son, Eben.

I knew that I wanted to write about dolphins, because Eben and Mia both love them. I was thinking hard about what to write, when Mia came home from kindergarten with her own writing about dolphins. Inspiration! I knew Eben would enjoy illustrating it as he has spent months perfecting his dolphin-drawing skills. We were lucky enough to see a dolphin (briefly!) in the wild while we were on vacation in Maine last year. There’s something about them that captures people’s imaginations and I wanted to bring that spirit into this poem.

The form of this poem is called a pantoum. In this style, which originated in Malaysia, the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next stanza. In the final stanza, the third line from the first stanza is repeated as the second line, and the first line of the poem is repeated as the last line.

Thank you so much for inviting me to post, Penny! This whole project has inspired me to do more writing and art with my kids over the summer.

Mia’s Art and Writing

Dolphin by Mia2

Art by Mia

 Eben’s Art

dolphins by Eben2

Art by Eben

Carrie’s PantoumSlide1

Carrie said this project has inspired her to do more writing and art with her children over the summer. I think it’s safe to say that Carrie, Mia, and Eben have inspired all of us today with their amazing talent and creativity. Thanks to all three of you for being guests on A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt 🙂


Carrie photo

Meet Carrie: Carrie Finison began her literary career at the age of seven with an idea, a box of markers, and her father’s typewriter. Although the resulting story was never published, you can find some of her poems and stories in recent issues of magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights, and in The Poetry Friday Anthology: Celebrations (2015). She also writes picture books, which you might see on a library shelf near you someday. She loves the ocean and whenever she is there she always looks for dolphins.
Find out more:
Carrie’s Website
Carrie’s Blog


Buffy Silverman has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. What exactly is Poetry Friday? Click HERE for a full explanation by the awesome Renée LaTulippe.poetry friday button