A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Buffy Silverman and Daughter, Emma

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 sixth-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 . . .

Buffy Silverman and Daughter, Emma

From Buffy: When Penny asked me to be a guest on her great-nephew-and-great-aunt blog, I hesitated. My kids are in their twenties—neither one draws anymore, and there are no grandkids, grandnieces, or grandnephews on the horizon. At first I thought I’d pull out some of my son’s and daughter’s artwork from elementary school and use that for inspiration. Then I realized that my daughter Emma still makes artwork—just not with crayons or markers anymore.

Buffy’s PoemSlide1

Emma’s Artwork

Emma's art2

Emma's art1Many thanks to Buffy and Emma for this bee-boppin’ collaboration! I think I’d love to attend the Monster Hop 🙂

Buffy, Emma, dogs
Buffy, Emma, Dakota and Rafa

Meet Emma: Emma Conner is a computer scientist and an avid knitter. When she was a student at Oberlin College, she knitted a monster a day for a winter term project. Emma welcomes inquiries about freelance knitting and website projects.

Meet Buffy: Buffy Silverman is the author of more than seventy nonfiction books for young readers. Her nature-inspired poetry is featured in anthologies and magazines. Visit her online at www.buffysilverman.com. (When Emma was in high school she designed and built Buffy’s website. Emma plans to overhaul it as soon as Buffy can decide what she wants changed!)

Thanks to Jama Rattigan for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She just happens to be featuring my first published work today—a poem titled Buttons.  If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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32 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Buffy Silverman and Daughter, Emma

  1. What a fun way to come back together as mother and daughter! The teeny tiny details in Emma’s knitting show such skill! It is not easy to make something so small! Buffy, I was surprised to read that nonfiction is your forte…your peppy poem is a fun fiction performance!

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  2. Buffy, your poem had me boppin’ in my seat! Can Olive teach me that sashay-and-swing-with-a-flippity-dip move? Such a pleasure to get to know talented Emma too. I also used to knit a whole bunch in my 20s, but never at the impressive level of a monster a day. I do have a whole bunch of teddy bear outfits to show for it, though– and quite a few sweaters… only half of which actually fit.

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      1. Emma has knitted Totoro, but I don’t think these were intended to be totoros. The brown dude, however, is Calabash from Evan Dahm’s Rice Boy (I stuck the purple monster earrings on Calabash for some unknown reason.)

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