A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny’s Final Episode

poetry friday buttonThanks to my friend Buffy at Buffy’s Blog 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

Hello loyal followers and friends. Did you notice the words “Final Episode” in the title of the post? I imagine some of you thought I meant final episode of 2017. But I actually meant final as in last. So putting together this post is bittersweet. You know the feeling you get when you make a tough decision? A decision that you think is for the best, but it’s still hard to make? I have that feeling to a big degree right now. In fact, I’m a little teary as I write this. Final sounds so…well…final.

I made this decision for a couple of reasons.

First, I feel that this series has had a great run so I decided…why not stop before it gets tired. Or before I get tired. 😀 Or before Landon gets tired. 😀 Or before our followers get tired. 😀 May as well stop while we all still love it, right?

Second, I devote a lot of time to the series. Besides the collaboration that Landon and I do one Friday of each month, I have guest collaborators the other Fridays. That means finding guests, scheduling the guests, and putting the posts together. I could certainly use more time for my writing and this will give me quite a bit more time. And Landon (believe it or not!!!) will be in high school next fall. We all know that means Busy with a capital B.

I made the decision and we’re moving forward. So enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And if you miss the poetry and art collaborations, you can always “replay” any episode by clicking HERE. Between our collaborations and guest collaborations, there are 112 episodes for your reading and viewing pleasure!

And if Landon and I miss collaborating there could always be a sequel or special episode 😀

And for anyone who just happened to stop by for their first time today, 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 I decided to invite others along. Landon and I collaborate one Friday of each month. The other Fridays I have 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.

And now

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The Final Episode of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt

Penny’s Poem

Before you take a look at Landon’s art, I wanted to make a few comments about it. Landon wanted to do something special for our last episode. He wanted to draw AND animate his illustration! He spent hours (and I mean hours!) getting the art just right for 3-D animation. It’s so wonderful and amazing that I don’t even have words. As usual he added his special creative touch by having Santa tip his hat to reveal a surprise. Not only that … he also included the special object that he’s hidden in his drawings throughout our series. After all, his art wouldn’t be the same without his trusty pencil…right?

Let’s have another

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Landon’s Art

So there you have it! The final episode of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Thank you so much for following our series.  I’ve looked forward to hearing from our follower-friends every Friday. It wouldn’t have been the same without your interaction in the comments. ❤

Have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends!

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Janee Trasler and Miles

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Thanks to Diane at Random Noodling 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.

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 . . .

Fake-Aunt Janee Trasler and Her Fake-Nephew Miles

From Janee: Miles is the son of my friend (and super children’s librarian) Leigh. Miles is four years old. He calls me Andy Janee, which is his adorable version of Auntie Janee. My poem was inspired by a piece of art that Miles created at school.

Miles’s Art

Andy Janee’s Poem

The Collaborators

Miles Creating More Art

Miles reading…er…shaking one of Andy Janee’s books.

Many thanks to Miles and Andy Janee for sharing their talents with us today. They are a delightful pair!


Meet Janee: Janee is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her recent most books include the CHICKIES board book series from Harper Collins and two MIMI AND BEAR picture books from FSG. Janee is also a puppeteer and a singer in a trio. She lives in Grapevine, Texas with her imported husband, her domestic puppies, and her squeaky little guinea pig Nibbles. In addition to every coffee shop in town, Janee works at The Birdhouse, her studio in Covington, Texas, where once a month, you can also find her and her friends singing and playing music.

Website: http://www.trasler.com
Birdhouse: http://thebirdhouse-covingtontx.blogspot.com/

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Liam and Penny

poetry friday buttonThanks to Lisa at Steps and Staircases 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

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 Landon’s younger brother, Liam, is collaborating with me. This is the first time for Liam and I to collaborate. Liam sent me a special request…via snail mail! As you can imagine, I was very impressed and excited when I received his letter expressing his interest in illustrating a poem. Liam did join in on a post that included all of my great nieces and nephews in October...thus the reference to the pumpkin pie/jack-o-lantern. But he’d never been the “feature” artist. When I received his letter, the November post had already been solidified and so I moved on to December. I’d already written a poem. In reading Liam’s request, I decided that he could interpret my poem without any trouble. Just the mention of cartoons and a funny twist seemed to imply that Liam would read my words and come up with a creative spin. And he did just that! I’m super impressed with his interpretation and his artwork! He did an amazing job! And the funny twist had me giggling!

Enjoy our collaboration!

Penny’s Poem

Liam’s Art

100% Cotton Candy Underpants! Ho! Ho! Ho! Very funny! And how I love that Santa wears polka dots! It was delightful to get a peek at his wardrobe.

Thanks to all of you for joining us today. I appreciate you coming by to read A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt! Come back next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Tammi Sauer and Her Niece, Adalie

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Thanks to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading 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.

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 . . .

Tammi Sauer and Her Niece, Adalie

From Tammi: For this collaboration, I wanted Adalie to draw a picture to inspire my poem rather than the other way around. Seeing Adalie’s fun and festive picture of Bolt filled me with the Christmas spirit. Fa-la-la-la-la-!

Adalie’s Art

In case you were wondering, Bolt is a real tortoise. See?

Tammi’s Poem

Many thanks to Adalie and Tammi for sharing their talents with us today. What a merry and bright way to start December!


 

 

Meet Adalie: Adalie is eight and a half years old and is a full time third grader. She lives in Kansas with her dad, mom, little brother, two dogs, and, of course, Bolt.


Meet Tammi: Tammi Sauer is a full time children’s book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. In addition to winning awards, Tammi’s books have gone on to do great things. CHICKEN DANCE has been made into a musical and is currently on a national tour, NUGGET & FANG was a featured book at the 2015 Scholastic Book Fair, and YOUR ALIEN, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French which makes her feel extra fancy. Tammi’s latest books are CARING FOR YOUR LION and TRUCK, TRUCK, GOOSE!

Website:  tammisauer.com
Twitter:  @SauerTammi
Blog:  picturebookbuilders.com

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

poetry friday buttonThanks to Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup 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

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.

One fun thing that Landon has done in almost all of his drawings is to include a hidden object. It’s the same object every time, so many of you know exactly what to look for. But that doesn’t always make it easy. If you don’t know what Landon’s “special” object is and can seem to find a hidden object at all, you can take a look HERE for hints.

And now for today’s collaboration.

Penny’s Poemtext on backgroundLandon’s Art

text on background landon's art

Art by Landon

I’m always delighted and surprised when I see the creative ways that Landon interprets the words in my poem. I love that he has little dino reading, while parent dino is sound asleep! By the way, little dino is reading a certain book that’s pretty close to my heart . . .  it’s about a dragon 😀 Once again, Landon adds something special!

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: Sherri Jones Rivers, One Great Niece and Three Great Nephews

poetry friday buttonThanks to Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life 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 . . .

Sherri Jones Rivers, One Great Niece, and Three Great Nephews
Anna Claire (11 years old)
Twin brothers Andrew and Dylan (7 years old)
Price (8 years old)

From Sherri: I knew there were four of five great nieces and nephews I could ask. One great niece I asked was not happy with her drawing, and threw it away. So much for the temperamental artist! So, I moved on. The next great nephew I asked was on board. He told his mom he didn’t know what the cat in the poem looked like, but he thought gray was a good guess. He was on target—Sophie is a gray tabby. I knew I wanted to ask two artists, so I got in touch with one last mom. She said one of hers probably would want to, but it ended up that all three wanted to participate. It did my heart good, and all their drawings made me smile!

I just love it that Sherri set out to recruit an artist and ended up with four!!That just makes this post special times four. Also, Sherri took the same subject, her husband’s dog, and created a rhyming poem and a prose poem! How great is that?

FYI, Anna Claire, Dylan, and Andrew are siblings and Price is their cousin. Let’s get on with the fun!

Sherri’s 1st PoemPrice’s Art 

Art by Price

Dylan’s Art

Art by Dylan

Sherri’s 2nd Poem

Anna Claire’s Art 

Art by Anna Claire

 Andrew’s Art 

Art by Andrew

The Artists

Price

Dylan, Anna Claire, and Andrew

Many thanks to Sherri, Anna Claire, Price, Dylan, and Andrew for sharing their talents with us today!


Meet Sherri: Sherri’s poems, puzzles, and articles have appeared in many publications, including Ladybug, Pockets, Child Life, Jack and Jill, Flicker, and Highlights for Children. She has also written features and poems for adult magazines, both secular and religious, penned a newspaper bi-monthly column, had a humor essay in two anthologies, and spent several years writing and selling verse to greeting card companies. For a limerick contest at Saturday Evening Post, she was awarded first place and a whopping $100! She has won two Letters of Merit from SCBWI contests, which encourage her when the writing is not going well. She loves biographies of people overcoming obstacles, and has several biographies that fit that description in different stages of readiness. Although her children are adults now, some of her fondest memories are the days spent reading books to a child on her lap.

In addition to writing, Sherri loves to travel internationally, but back home the beach is her happy place. She and her husband reside in Augusta, GA with her two cats, Sophie and Sadie, and her husband’s dog Sandi—the subject of her two poems.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny and a Whole Slew of Greats!

poetry friday buttonThanks to Irene at LIve Your Poem 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

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 I have an especially GREAT treat! I’ve written a poem . . . as usual. And Landon has an illustration to go along with the poem . . . as usual. And that is GREAT!!! 😀

But I also asked all of my other GREAT nieces and GREAT nephews to add their GREAT art to this post! Isn’t that especially GREAT?

So GREAT nephew Landon has drawn the illustration for my poem and I have art from another FIFTEEN GREAT artists who’ve contributed GREAT jack-o’-lanterns of all types!

Let’s get started with all of this GREATNESS!

GREAT Aunt Penny’s Poem

GREAT Nephew Landon’s Art

Don’t forget to look fir Landon’s hidden object! Need a hint? Look HERE.

And now the GREAT Gallery of GREAT Jack-o’-lanterns —
with every kind of jack-o’-lantern you can imagine.

GREAT Neph-Pup Louie’s Art

The artist admiring or possibly eating his art.

GREAT Nephew Ethan’s Art

GREAT Nephew Charlie’s Art

GREAT Nephew Corbin’s Art

GREAT Niece Lorelai’s Art

GREAT Niece Penny’s Art

GREAT Niece Madison’s Art

GREAT Niece Jessica’s Art

GREAT Niece Taylor’s Art

GREAT Niece Hailey’s Art

GREAT Nephew Preston’s Art

GREAT Niece Kennedy’s Art

GREAT Niece Kallie’s Art

GREAT Niece Klaire’s Art

GREAT Nephew Liam’s Art

Wasn’t that GREAT????

Thanks to all of my GREATS for sharing their talents! And thanks to all of the GREAT readers who join me on Fridays for these especially GREAT collaborations featuring poetry and art. I hope you GREATLY enjoy today’s post!