Thanks to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting Poetry Friday. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.
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 . . .
Laura Gehl, Her 8-year Old Son, and 6-year Old Daughter
From Laura: My youngest two kids were very excited to collaborate with me on this project!
I wrote this poem because my daughter had a lot of trouble learning to swim, with plenty of crying and refusing to get in the water.
In their artwork (my son drew, my daughter colored), the mermaid you see is the mother mermaid. I thought it was wonderful that my daughter insisted the “Mommy mermaid” should be smiling with “welcoming arms” even though in my poem the mother is a bit annoyed with a grim face. The mother mermaid is on a blue background to show that she is in the water, encouraging the reluctant little mermaid to join her.
Art Drawn by 8-year Old Son and Colored by 6-year Old Daughter
The Gehl Family on Kangaroo Island in Australia
Many thanks to Laura, her son, and her daughter for sharing their talents with us today.
Meet Laura: Laura Gehl’s picture books include One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, and the Peep and Egg series, illustrated by Joyce Wan. Her next two books, both releasing in October 2017, are Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath and Koala Challah, illustrated by Maria Mola. Laura is also excited about other upcoming books, including My Pillow Keeps Moving, illustrated by Christopher Weyant, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, illustrated by Sarah Horne. Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com.