A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Suzy Levinson and Her Niece, Svetlana

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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Suzy Levinson and her 10-year old niece, Svetlana

From Suzy: Svetlana had so many drawings for me to choose from for this project. I almost went with a fairly evil-looking octopus, but then I saw her wolf. That was the one, no question. Talk about inspirational—this picture gives me chills!

The Art

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Art by Svetlana

The PoemSlide1

A photo of the collaborators.

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I can see why Svetlana’s drawing inspired Suzy. And Suzy captured the mood of the drawing perfectly. Many thanks to both of them for sharing this incredible collaboration with us.


Meet Svetlana: Svetlana is a fabulous fifth grader who loves to sing and have slumber parties with her friends. Fun fact: she speaks THREE languages—English, French, and Spanish!

Meet Suzy: Suzy Levinson may not speak three languages like her niece, but she sure talks the English real good! She lives in New York, where she writes children’s poetry, picture books, and middle-grade stories. Her poems have been published in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books), and she has more forthcoming in High Five magazine. For more Suzy newsy, check out suzylevinson.com or follow her on Twitter @suzylevinson.

Thanks to Heidi for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at My Juicy Little Universe. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button


 

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Ken Slesarik and His 1st-Grade Poets

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.

Every guest episode is delightful. But today’s episode is extra special due to the number of collaborators. Prepare to be wowed!

It’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Ken Slesarik and His 1st-Grade Poets

From Ken: My after-school poetry club called “Poetry Rocks!” at Esperanza Elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona was inspired by children’s author Janet Wong‘s enthusiasm for promoting the genre and is designed to introduce core aspects of poetry to children in grades 1st through 6th while teaching them self-confidence.

Our Process in this collaboration was to read and discuss Laura Purdie Salas’ book “Water Can Be” with my 1st-grade group so we would have a model in which to frame our poem. We wrote it together after brainstorming ideas about a typical 1st-grade child and I would suggest an idea or rhyme and try to give just enough support and guidance to complete our poem. Some of the words are slang, but I think I have the common spellings. The artwork was a challenge at first because some of the kids would rush, but I’m very pleased with the final results. Each of my twelve 1st-grade students came up with a line and the corresponding artwork page so it truly was a collaboration. We hope you enjoy our efforts.

The Collaborative Poem
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The Art
Poetry Rocks: 1st-Grade Artists
Final Art
scaredy cat
spoiled bratcandy muncher

numbers cruncher

book reader

picky eater

dirt playerpoem sayerstory tellerflower smellercrazy wilddelightful child

And here’s all the artwork together.
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A Glimpse Into the Collaboration Phases

The group was inspired by Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas.

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Handwritten Poem

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Artwork Planning

beginning art process

Enjoy these photos of Ken and the collaborators.Slide1

group serious

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Group-Silly

Many, many thanks to Ken and his 1st graders for being a part of the series. This collaboration makes my heart sing!


kenMeet Ken: Ken Slesarik is a special education teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program has been well received by teachers, students, parents and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools, Ken writes poetry for children with poems published in The Poetry Friday Anthology K-5 Edition, The Poetry Friday Anthology For Middle School, The Poetry Friday Anthology For Science, The Poetry Friday Anthology For Celebrations and Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems, two upcoming anthologies as well as an animal collection called Creatures, Critters, Beasts and Varmints. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike. For more information, please visit http://kenslesarik.com


Thanks to Robyn Hood Black for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at Life on the Deckle Edge. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

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.

It’s the second Friday of March and Landon is back! Enjoy our collaboration.

The PoemSlide1

The Artlandon's spider art

I always look forward to Landon’s interpretations of my poems. I pictured a spider shopping for eight of each item. Landon didn’t put eight of every item in the cart. But . . .  there are eight of one special item. That item would be the object that Landon hides in each of his illustrations for this series! See if you can locate all eight. I’m still looking for the eighth one 😀

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


Irene at Live Your Poem has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Maria Gianferrari and Daughter, Anya

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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Maria Gianferrari and her daughter, Anya

From Maria: Anya made me these polymer clay figurines for Christmas for my upcoming book, Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails. It was by far my favorite present! I love the way she teases the characters’s shapes from the clay. She has an uncanny way of making the two dimensional, three dimensional in clay—their expressions, the textural details such as the braid in Katz’s lasso, and the stripes in Houndini’s vest. She’s also made a bunch of other figurines, some of which are based on characters for my as yet unpublished picture books, Rose-bot and Hermit Crab.

Anya’s Figurines

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Clay Figurines by Anya

Maria’s PoemSlide1

Many thanks to Maria and Anya for sharing their talents with us today 🙂


 

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Meet Anya: Anya’s a German-speaking artist, animal-lover, hair stylist and baker/decorator/eater of cupcakes, currently in 8th grade.


Maria

 

Meet Maria: Maria’s not an artist, but she is an animal lover and an occasional eater of cupcakes. Sehr lecker. And a speaker of German too. Maria has three titles releasing this year, a second Penny & Jelly book, Penny & Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, illustrated by Thyra Heder (HMH/June); her nonfiction debut, Coyote Moon, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Roaring Brook/July) andOfficer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tales, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou (Aladdin/October). To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: mariagianferrari.com, or say hello on Facebook or Instagram #pennyandjelly.


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