A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

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 . . .

Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

From Kirsti: Thanks for allowing me to participate in this. It’s so much fun to collaborate with my kids. Sammy is my youngest (5 years) and this is what he said about his painting:  “I painted these 3 robin eggs because I love them and they remind me of beginning again.”

Three Eggs in a Nest by Sammy

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Kirsti’s Poem

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And a special treat. The Call family is musically talented and today we get to hear Sammy starting off a family song with a solo.

A photo of the collaborators.sammy and sun and mommy

Many thanks to Sammy and Kirsti for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Sammy: Sammy Call is a 5 year-old kindergartener who loves asking questions, singing,  beatboxing and running circles around his parents and siblings.


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Meet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


Thanks to Tara for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at A Teaching Life. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

45 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

  1. I love Sammy’s eggs, and they do make me have thoughts of spring, but I think that might be a little early. And I love the poem, Kirsti, that eggs “tremble with hope”. I’ve hatched eggs with students before, and they do tremble, and make tiny peeps too right before hatching. Thanks for all this beauty, Sammy, Kirsti and Penny.

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  2. Such a beautiful painting and lovely poem. Thanks again, Penny!

    I agree with Cathy–it’s a nice glimpse of spring before the blizzard hits!

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