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 fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall 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.
Today it is my pleasure to welcome the collaborative team . . .
Randi Sonenshine and 11-year-old son, Ethan
First of all, Randi shared some background: This poem started as an assignment for Renee La Tulippe’s Lyrical Language Lab (which I highly recommend). Originally, it was only the first stanza, but I started thinking about all of the possibilities for backyard brunchers, and it took off from there. I asked Ethan to pick his favorite stanza to illustrate, and he chose the first because he liked the idea of camouflaged caterpillars.
I never knew backyard brunches could be so much fun 🙂 Many thanks to Randi and Ethan for sharing their creative collaboration with us today!
By the way, don’t miss Ethan’s fabulous self-portrait below.
Meet Ethan: Ethan is a ukulele-playing magician who loves to read and write stories, poems, and songs. Ethan is also involved in musical theater. He has appeared in Seussical the Musical, The Little Mermaid, and several other stage productions. He will be entering middle school as a sixth-grader this fall and can’t wait to join his mom’s Book Club and Young Writer’s Society.
Meet Randi: Randi is a middle school literacy coach by day and a stealthy kid-lit writer and rhyme schemer by night. She lives in northwest Georgia with her husband, Marty, sons Jacob and Ethan, a very sneaky schnauzer and an immortal goldfish. Her short story, The Inside Name, will be published in Cricket magazine later this year. You can find her at her blog, The Prosey Tree or on Twitter as @rsonenshine.