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.
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.
Mia’s Art and Writing
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.
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