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 in the fall of 2014 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 share a creative collaboration from . . .
Linda Baie and her granddaughter, Ingrid
Words from Linda about the collaboration: In May and June, we had a delightful visitor to my garden, a tiger swallowtail butterfly. There are lots of flowers, including many butterfly weed plants, and it would come flying through, drinking away, then move on to someone else’s flowers. My granddaughters, six and four, come to visit at least once a week, and a couple of times we had fun sitting outside watching this beautiful butterfly together. We would sit on the grass quietly, and hope it would be attracted to our bright clothing. It never landed on any of us, but did make a few close fly-bys! When I suggested to Ingrid, six, that I would love to write a poem that she would illustrate, I asked her what she might like to draw. And she told me she knew just how to draw butterflies, so there was the topic. The girls and I play “I spy with my little eye” sometimes, and when I was messing around with words for a ‘butterfly’ poem, I connected the game, our watching, and the rhymes.
Finally, one afternoon Ingrid came over to hear the poem, discuss it, and examine some pictures I had taken of that one butterfly visitor. It was a special time watching her draw, and I loved writing just for her, too.
More from Linda: Here are pictures in the garden, and pictures showing the beginning progress of Ingrid’s art, and the final drawing. Special note: Ingrid made sure to put a colorful dress on the little girl so she would attract butterflies!
Ingrid hard at work.
Ingrid’s final art.
I just love that colorful dress, Ingrid. It’s perfect for attracting butterflies!
And here are Linda and Ingrid after Ingrid’s performance at drama camp as a cat.
Many thanks to Linda and Ingrid for being a part of the series.
Meet Linda: Linda Baie is newly retired from teaching middle-school-aged students and being a literacy coach for many years at an independent school in Denver, CO. She loves being with family, including a son, daughter-in-law and 14-year-old grandson in Texas, and a daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters very near in Denver. She blogs at TeacherDance.org.