A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Lorelai 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

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 the month so normally Landon and I would be collaborating. But instead my great niece, Lorelai, is sharing her artistic talent today. Lorelai is in kindergarten and her interpretation of my poem brought many smiles to my face.

Lorelai said she felt like the poem was about how the ducks let all the other momma and baby animals join in their spring parade

The Poem


The Art

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Loving Momma Bird.thumb_IMG_3455_1024A very proud artist.thumb_IMG_3456_1024

Thanks so much for joining us for today’s episode.I imagine you are smiling at Lorelai’s art right along with me!
Please come back next week for another fabulous guest collaboration.

Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems had 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

62 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Lorelai and Penny

  1. Quack! Quack!! What a fun poem for getting us in the Spring mood. Nice job Lorelai. I feel like I’ve been to your Spring parade this morning.

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  2. Where I live, springtime seems to be dragging its feet, but your poem and Lorelai’s amazing artwork brought some sunshine to a cloudy day!

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    1. “It is really rainy here, and I wish I could ride my bike more. But, I’m spending lots of time in my garden with my mom and our flowers need the rain. I hope the sun visits you more too!”- Lorelai

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  3. This is fabulous, both the poem and the art! Can’t get enough of kids’ art. The whole scene is full of springtime color and energy. Lorelei, keep that pencil and those crayons busy!

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  4. Thank you, Penny, for inviting Lorelai to partner with you. As an Early Literacy teacher and her mom, it opened so many doors for meaningful conversation between us. I loved that she took your words and visualized them in her own way. She focused her brain power on talking about what could be happening with the animals much more than the physical acts of drawing and coloring. She told stories about why the baby birds weren’t flying, why the smallest lamb was in the back, and why there was a present falling from the sky. Just from your one poem and her illustration, dozens of stories could be imagined and written. Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing this series on your blog.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lyndi! I love that this was so meaningful for Lorelai…and for you. I’m such a fan of collaboration—text and art. I know that’s a huge reason I’m drawn to picture books! Thanks for spending the time to be a part of the series.
      Love y’all!!!


  5. Love your bouncy spring-time poem, Penny, and Lorelai’s art is wonderful. She is so adorable–such cute photos! Thanks for sharing!!

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      1. I can usually come up with some relevant, punny comment but my heart was too full with the sweetness I see here. 🙂

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  6. Lorelai’s artwork is truly a celebration of your poem and spring. I love how the balloons contribute to the theme. Penny, I love the poem and see a beautiful children’s book in my mind.

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    1. Lorelai was adamant that there be balloons in the duck parade. I love how she made them in various sizes and colors!

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  7. Both your poem and Lorelai’s wonderful spring parade brought me lots of smiles today, Penny. Love the pictures of Lorelai working to create all those details, and that final showing! Thanks, Penny, always a pleasure to see who is visiting!

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  8. Lorelai,

    You are awesome. What a great drawing and what a beautiful smile!


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  9. Lorelei I love your illustration of the awesome poem Penny wrote. I can’t wait to show my students! 🙂 Mrs Von Strohe

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    1. Wow! I can’t wait to tell Lorelai that Pre-K got to see her work with Penny. She will be soo happy! Thanks for sharing your support with her!

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  10. Oh my goodness – the only thing more precious than Lorelai’s art is Lorelai herself. Her interpretation of your bright poem is so exuberant! So much detail and care in her piece, and I dare anyone to look at it without smiling. Thanks for another great installment! :0)

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    1. “I like the lamb too, but the bird is my favorite. I like the way the wings look like she is flying sideways. Thanks for looking at my picture and Aunt Penny’s poem.” – Lorelai

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