A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

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

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 seventh-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.

The poem I wrote for today is a revision of a poem I wrote in 2012. I revised it in response to a challenge issued by Jane Yolen when she visited with Michelle Heidenrich Barnes on Michelle’s blog, Today’s Little Ditty. Jane challenged us to write a septercet. A septercet is a poetry form she invented that has lines of seven syllables organized into three-line stanzas. It may be rhymed or not, with any number of stanzas.

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The Art

(Don’t forget to look for Landon’s hidden object. If you need a clue, click HERE for a past episode featuring a riddle to help you out.)

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Art by Landon

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kristin Gray and Her 10-year-old Son, Copeland

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Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Kristin Gray and Her Son, Copeland

From Kristin: I asked my son Copeland (10) to draw a picture. He went above and beyond a wrote a poem, too.

So today we have a special treat. Two poems! One from Copeland and one from his mom, Kristin.

Copeland’s Art

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Art by Copeland

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Many thanks to Copeland and Kristin for sharing their talents today.


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Meet Copeland: Copeland lives with his family at the end of the cul-de-sac. After school, he likes to draw comics, build Legos, and play with his hamster named Nugget. He is also working on his first screenplay. (It’s about aliens.)


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Meet Kristin: Kristin L. Gray drinks coffee (cream, no sugar) and writes books (funny, not sad) from her home in northwest Arkansas. She loves to read, walk her dogs, and eat cake for breakfast. She will also travel any chance she gets. Kristin’s fourth-grade self would never believe she has five children, two dogs, one fish, a bearded dragon, and a shy gecko. Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge is her first novel. To learn more about Kristin, or to send her a cake, visit her online at www.KristinLGray.com.

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A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Liz Steinglass and Her Daughter, Naomi

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

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Liz Steinglass and Her Daughter, Naomi

From Elizabeth: Naomi began drawing portraits electronically (on an ipad and then a drawing tablet) for a middle school project in 7th grade. Though she graduated from middle school a year and a half ago and the project officially ended, Naomi continues to draw portraits of imagined characters.

Naomi gave me two portraits to choose from but told me this was her favorite, so that’s the one I wrote about. It felt important to me not to go beyond what was presented, not to make any assumptions about this young woman based on her appearance. That’s why the poem takes the form of questions and refers specifically to what I can see.

Naomi’s Art

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Art by Naomi

Liz’s Poem

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Many thanks to Liz and Naomi for sharing their talents today.


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Meet Liz: Elizabeth Steinglass is a children’s poet. Her first book Soccer Nonsense is forthcoming from Boyds Mills Press. In the meantime you can read her poetry in anthologies, magazines, and on her blog at www.ElizabethSteinglass.com


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Meet Naomi: Naomi Steinglass is in the 10th grade. When she isn’t in class or doing homework, she loves to read, write, draw, play the ukulele, and perform in plays.

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Lynne Marie and her Daughter, Kayla Michelle

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Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Lynne Marie and her Daughter, Kayla Michelle

From Lynne Marie: Kayla and I are honored to have our art/poem featured on Penny’s wonderful and unique blog. We love collaborating and hope that our post will inspire other parents and children to enjoy a fun project together. Thank you, Penny, for your blog and all you do for Children’s Literature.

Kayla and I are former New Yorkers who live Florida. We love the Florida life, but among other things, miss autumn and the change of seasons. Although Florida does not have the pick-your-own-pumpkin fields we grew up nearby on Long Island, they have “pumpkin patches” where countless pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are lined up to choose from. We also love anything and everything pumpkin flavored! A love for pumpkins inspired Kayla’s poem.

To accompany Kayla’s poem, I chose to work with hand-cut paper, something that I love to do.

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Here are author and illustrator dressed in one of their favorite collaborative Halloween Costumes.lynne-and-kayla-copy

Many thanks to Lynne Marie and Kayla for sharing their talents today.

Meet Kayla Michelle: Kayla Michelle is an aspiring author/illustrator who currently attends Middle School in 7th Grade. In addition to art and writing, her hobbies include singing, dancing, acting and piano playing. She is a true Broadway nerd and will be appearing in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Performance Project production of Dorothy meets Alice, the Wizard of Wonderland in December, 2016.

Meet Lynne Marie: Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten – illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011) and Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017). Her stories, poems, and folk tales have appeared in many magazine markets, including Family Fun, Highlights, High Five, Spider, Baby Bug and more. She is an on-staff writer for Jon and Laura Bard’s Children’s Book Insider and a book reviewer. She lives on a lake in South Florida with her daughter and several resident water birds. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com, as well as at her blog www.LiterallyLynneMarie.blogspot.com