A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Carole Gerber and Her Granddaughter JoJo

poetry friday buttonThanks to Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales for 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
Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Hello Friends! 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 (now an eighth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and 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 sharing poetry and art in beautiful collaborations. 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 . . .

Carole Gerber and Her Granddaughter JoJo

From Carole: My poem is a conversation between two flowers as they watch a butterfly bursting from its chrysalis. The last line is to be read simultaneously.

Carole’s Poem

Here is the butterfly created with JoJo’s two little feet.

JoJo’s Footprint ArtCarole provided a link to a YouTube video on how to make baby footprint art. Here is the video.

And here is a photo of the collaborators sharing a “Ha-Ha” moment.

Many thanks to Carole and JoJo for fluttering by to share their talents and footprints ( 😀 ) with us today!

Meet Carole: Carole Gerber is the author of nearly two dozen picture books, several chapter books, and about 100 work-for-hire elementary science and reading books for major publishers. This year’s new picture book is A Band of Babies, illustrated by Jane Dyer. Carole and her husband grew tired of driving from central Ohio to Charleston, SC to visit granddaughter Joanna (JoJo), so they recently bought a home located six miles from her and her parents. It’s hard to leave the Buckeye state (Carole is the author of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio). But they are ecstatic about how close they will live to their darling grandbaby, daughter, and son-in-law! You can learn more about Carole’s books and school visits at www.carolegerber.com

28 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Carole Gerber and Her Granddaughter JoJo

  1. I love poems written for 2 voices, and this one is spot on! So much contrast in the 2 different flowers. Carole is wise to move — that JoJo is adorable!

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    1. Yes she is! Being close to JoJo will be wonderful for both of them. Since you love poems for 2 voices you should check out Carole’s book that this poem was taken from-Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices. You can get a really nice preview on Amazon. It’s wonderful book! Thanks for coming by, Keri.


  2. This is marvelous and clever and oh so sweet, Carole and Penny. That JoJo is darling, too. I’m glad she’s a great collaborator!

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  3. That’s a sweet poem, but the baby feet art is something I wish I’d done when my son was a newborn. Now, his feet are size 12 1/2 and growing. And he’s only 13! Sorry, I’m waxing nostalgic. I think I need to check out A Band of Babies.


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