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: Landon and Penny

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.

Yes, we’re back! And very excited to start off with a riddle poem for our readers. This is going to be very easy for some of you because you have been following the series long enough that you will immediately know the answer to the riddle. But I still think you’ll have fun with today’s post 🙂

Why a riddle? Here’s why! Landon includes an object in his art. It’s always the same object. Granted there are a few episodes that don’t have the object, but the majority do. Even though some of you have found the object, there are those who can’t ever find it. So I thought it would be nice to give clues in the form of a riddle.

I’m featuring a few of Landon’s drawings from past episodes. Along with the drawings, there is a riddle poem to give clues to readers. Enjoy Landon’s talent and search each drawing for the object before moving to the next drawing and next clue. Then see if you can guess the answer. OK. Here we go!

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Just in case you’re not quite sure, here are a few hints in the form of underlined words.

If you’ve drawn a conclusion,

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then give it a go.slide1Erase all your doubts,slide1

and mark it below.

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.


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has the Poetry Friday Roundup today.If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

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 sixth-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.

By the way, April is National Poetry Month, so Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s the second Friday of the month so and Landon and I are collaborating. Enjoy!

The Poem

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The Art

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Special Treat: Time Lapse of Landon at Work

As usual, Landon’s illustration made a splash! with me 😀 And his hidden object is easily found this week. I guess he thought we all needed a break after searching for eight of the hidden object in the last episode involving a shopping spider!

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who follow this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

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 sixth-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.

It’s the second Friday of March and Landon is back! Enjoy our collaboration.

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The Artlandon's spider art

I always look forward to Landon’s interpretations of my poems. I pictured a spider shopping for eight of each item. Landon didn’t put eight of every item in the cart. But . . .  there are eight of one special item. That item would be the object that Landon hides in each of his illustrations for this series! See if you can locate all eight. I’m still looking for the eighth one 😀

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


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

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Blog-o-Holiday

 

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A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt are taking a Blog-O-Holiday. We will be back January 8th. In the meantime, enjoy past episodes if you like. Just click HERE and you will find guest episodes and episodes by Landon and me.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2016!

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Landon and Penny

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 sixth-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.

I just love every illustration Landon creates, but I have to say that today’s ranks up there with my favorites. The detail is amazing and hilarious. Enjoy!

From Landon’s Mom, Laura: He got very inspired by reindeer being at a camp! And he used pieces of the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer song to add some of the details. I asked him, “How about a checkers board game?” when he was brainstorming and he said, “Nope. I have to do Monopoly because that’s the game kids add in the song at— ‘they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games…like Monopoly!'”

The PoemSlide1

The Art

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Art by Landon

Don’t forget to search for Landon’s hidden object in his art. He always hides the same object 🙂 Make sure you read the sticky note on the brick wall, too. You can click to enlarge, if necessary.

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


Tara at A Teaching Life has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button


 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Landon and Penny

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 sixth-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.

Since it’s a second Friday, Landon and I are up! Today is a special post for me because I’m featuring my poem that is published in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. There are several Poetry Friday Anthologies and they are wonderful. Not only do they include a ton of amazing poetry by a variety of amazing poets, but I believe they’re a must-have tool for teachers sharing poetry with students.poetry friday celebrations

So is there a particular reason that I’m sharing my poem today? Why, yes, there is! 😀 Did you know that November 16th is a day to celebrate buttons? That’s just three days from now. And it just so happens that my poem was written for National Button Day. And it just so happens that Landon did an amazing job of capturing the mood with his illustration. I’m not surprised because he sure has that knack.

The Poem

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The Art

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Art by Landon

Today I have a little bit extra. Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell are the brains behind the Poetry Friday Anthologies. They created an adorable graphic for National Button Day and I get to share it here today.klostermann buttons jpeg copy

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. Oh! For those of you wondering . . . yes, Landon did include his secret hidden object in his art for today’s episode. See you next week for more collaboration 🙂

If you’d like to celebrate buttons for a few more minutes, Jama Rattigan featured my poem on her blog and the post is delightful! You can find it right HERE.


Thanks to Bridget Magee for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at wee words for wee ones. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button