A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Preston and Penny

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Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty 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.

Ever since my great niece Kennedy collaborated with me this past December, her younger brother Preston has been anxious to follow in her footsteps. So today you’ll meet Preston and have a chance to enjoy his art. Not only did Preston draw for this collaboration, but Kennedy joined in the fun, too.

I had a snow theme in mind because they live in snow country and there is usually snow in March. But guess what? Not a flake in sight! But they’ve had plenty of experience with snow and you’ll see their past snowy memories served them well. Their art is a real treat!

Aunt Penny’s Poem

Preston’s Art

Art by Preston (click to enlarge)

Preston at Work

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Kennedy’s Art

Art by Kennedy (click to enlarge)

Kennedy at Work

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

Meet Great Aunt Penny (the one who blogs here): Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale(Random House, 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.

Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!

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31 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Preston and Penny

  1. This was perfect for our snowy day that came yesterday and the freezing temperatures that followed. I love the pictures of the kids hard at work making their art come alive, and that poem…bravo, bravo!!

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  2. I’ll have to admit that I am trying to put winter behind me, but this cute artwork is putting me back in the winter spirit.

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  3. Your poem is so cute, Penny, and the pictures from Preston and Kennedy show that “production” beautifully. I love “snowballs for a cold attack” and seeing the artists in process!

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    1. Thanks, Iza. I love their art. One of my very favorite things about teaching school for 26 years was the constant “gallery” of art covering the walls in the halls. I adore kids’ art! It just makes me happy 😀


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