2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem-Day 23

Happy National Poetry Month!

I hope you’ve been enjoying poetry this month. It’s said that April showers bring May flowers! But maybe even better — April brings poetry to the forefront for thirty wonderful days, showering us with a bouquet of language!

This year I’m participating in the annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. Thanks to Irene Latham for being host and organizer. She began the progressive poem in 2012 as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poem grows line-by-line as thirty poets contribute a line each day of the month.

This year, Matt Forrest Esenwine started us off with a “found” line from a song. Then he challenged us to “continue this method and use only FOUND lines!” He did say, “But of course, your line is YOUR line…”

Believe it or not…every single poet so far has found a FOUND line! So onward! I’m following suit!

I’d decided I would turn to kids’ movies for my song since this is a KidLitosphere poem. Catherine preceded me and found her line from Curious George which makes me seem a bit like a copycat! But since I made this decision days ago and had been browsing soundtracks, I’ll just say “Meow!” and get on with it!

Of course nothing I’d found when browsing did the poem justice after Catherine added her line. But I was so excited about her line that I didn’t mind more browsing. Catherine’s line, “There’s no stopping curiosity” is perfect for kids! From the beginning this poem has been about adventure and curiosity is the beginning of adventure.

I’m not one to analyze poetry. I’d rather just enjoy it. But to add a line, I had to do a little analyzing/thinking about the poem thus far. So we have a set up for adventure…an endless summer with a child looking out on a sunny day. Once the adventure starts, another child joins in. Then after a bit of action, it seems the two ponder and reflect. That would be a nice way to wind down to an ending. But there has to be more because April isn’t over.

Enter Catherine and curiosity that can’t be stopped. To me that signals a question or questions that a child might pose about adventure as we build to a satisfying ending.

Awesome! There are so many songs that ask interesting questions! What kind of question/s fit our poem? About the adventure? About future adventures? About life as an adventure? I think my line can fit any of those scenarios.

The line is from Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie). The fact that it’s performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) is a bonus in my mind. Take a listen if you like 🙂

Here’s the poem with my added line in italics.

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.

You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,

make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.

Gonna get me a piece o’ the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there’s a tiger in my veins Oh,
won’t you come with me waltzing the waves,
diving the deep?

It’s not easy to know
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs

…we can be anyone we want to be…
There’s no stopping curiosity.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?

Someone created a Spotify Playlist honoring our progressive poem. I hope they will add my song to the list. It can be found here.

Found Lines:

L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/ Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns
L13 Carol King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”
L14  Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15   Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16   Nowleen Leeroy, “Song of the Sea ” (lullaby)
L17   Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18  Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M, “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
L21 Mint Juleps, “Groovin” by The Young Rascals
L22 Jack Johnson, “Upside Down”
L23 Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie

Here are our Poem Contributors:

Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
Kat @Kathryn Apel
Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
Jone @DeoWriter
Linda @TeacherDance
Tara @Going to Walden
Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write

Passing the torch to Tabatha!

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Ken Slesarik and His Daughter Catherine

poetry friday buttonThanks to Jone at Check it Out 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! We’re back for more collaborations on my series, A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. Just In case you haven’t visited the series before, let me tell you a little about  it. 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.

I’m super excited that our first episode this fall (it’s almost fall 🙂 ) will feature return guests. Today it’s my pleasure to share another creative collaboration from . . .

Ken Slesarik and His Daughter Catherine

I love the story behind this collaboration.

From Ken: As far as the collaboration process, Catherine shared her work in progress with me and I looked at the tiny mermaid and thought how brave she must be to venture into the depths of the ocean. About this same time, I was considering changing schools but did not yet have the courage to apply. I had heard about an amazing staff and school that was really making a difference. They are known as the “Trailblazers” and eventually I was hired and I’m smitten with the school and staff that I have met thus far. Vista Peak is a unique school that serves students who may have difficulty in a typical school setting. With the poem, I wanted to capture in as few words as possible what I perceived as an important goal of the Vista staff and that being to produce thoughtful, calm, unfazable, courageous, trailblazing students.

When Catherine and I each completed our part, I was very pleased with the results and feel the art and poem complement each other much like an illustration in a book and it also is our personal “hello” to my new school and sort of celebrates my next venture as a teacher. We hope you enjoy our efforts.

The Collaboration:
Poem by Ken Slesarik
Art by Catherine Slesarik

The Collaborators

Ken and Catherine collaborated in 2016 too. You can view that episode HERE. Also, Ken collaborated with a group of 1st graders in his after school poetry club. You can view that episode HERE.

Many thanks to Ken and Catherine for sharing their talents with us today.


Catherine2Meet Catherine: Catherine Slesarik is an award-winning artist and college student from Arizona. She enjoys sharing her talents with people of all ages. An avid reader and science buff, Catherine plans to incorporate science in her work as a children’s illustrator to inspire girls and women everywhere.


Ken SlesarikMeet Ken: Ken Slesarik is a special education teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program has been well received by teachers, students, parents and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools Ken writes poetry for children with poems published in several world-wide anthologies and magazines. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sophia

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.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sophia

If you follow this series, you will probably remember other episodes featuring the Call family. Kirsti has also collaborated with daughters, Naomi and Sydney. Every time I prepare a Call family post, I’m delighted. It’s evident that creativity is embraced and encouraged in this household.

From Kirsti: Sophia made an entire series of these trees (6 separate pieces), but we chose three of them for this collaboration.

Love is Beautiful in Our Hearts by Sophia Call

Sophia's Trees

Art by Sophia Call

Kirsti’s art-inspired poem.

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And a special treat. The Call family is musically talented and today we get to hear a song from Sophia. She is singing with her older sister Sydney.

Many thanks to Sophia and Kirsti for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Sophia: Sophia Call is a 7 year old artist, writer, singer and book lover.


Kirsti and Sophia

 

Meet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


Thanks to Heidi Mordhorst for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at My Juicy Little Universe. 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 are taking a week off :-)

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)

We’re taking the week off. A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt will be back next week with guest collaborators. See you then. In the meantime, feel free to check out past collaborations HERE.

Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher

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 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 share a creative collaboration from . . .

Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola

I know anyone involved with Kidlit must be as excited as I am about this collaboration. Elaine tirelessly brings us all things kidlit through Kidlit411. And Tomie dePaola is a kidlit treasure.

When Elaine sent me the art and the poem, I emailed back and said, “I wondered . . . did Tomie’s art inspire your poem or vice versa?”

Elaine answered, “He inspired me!! (As he always does!!!)”

I was inspired by both the art and the poem.

Tomie’s Art

tomie's art

Art by Tomie dePaola

Elaine’s PoemSlide1

What a sweet collaboration! Thanks so much to Elaine and Tomie for being a part of this series.


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Meet Elaine: ELAINE KIELY KEARNS is an author of picture book and middle grade stories. She scours the internet for golden nuggets of information about children’s writing for the website she founded, KidLit411.com.

She lives in New York with her husband, two beautiful daughters and three furry babies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found doing yoga, eating chocolate and…eating chocolate.


Tomie DePaolo copy

Meet Tomie: TOMIE DEPAOLA has illustrated nearly 250 books and written the stories for over 100 of those books. He works in a studio attached to a renovated 200-year-old barn in New London, New Hampshire. You can find out more about Tomie, visit his website, WWW.TOMIE.COM, or his blog where he posts a daily doodle:  WWW.TOMIESBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM


 

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche 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-Guests Laura Purdie Salas and Niece, Lily

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)

Happy National Poetry Month!

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  . . .

Laura Purdie Salas and her 10-year old niece, Lily

Laura said: I gave Lily four or five poems to choose from, and she chose “Things To Do If You Are a Tree.” This was fun for me because I got to see her notes on my poem (she picked up on the seasonal progression, which I was hoping readers would do), a rough pencil sketch, a colored first draft, and then her final art! I loved seeing someone else’s artistic process.

The Poem

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Lily’s Art

Art by Lily

Art by Lily

Here is photo of the talented collaborators.

laura and lily


It was such a treat to have Laura and Lily on the blog today. I have been a fan of Laura, her blog, and her books for quite a while.

photo by Katherine Warde

photo by Katherine Warde

Meet Laura: Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including A ROCK CAN BE…, WATER CAN BE…, A LEAF CAN BE… (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice, Riverby Award, and more), and BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Book, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to get kids excited about poetry, help teachers use poetry and mentor texts in the classroom, and help writers build writing careers.And sign up for her E-letter for writers HERE. To learn more about Laura and her work visit her in these places.
WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitterPinterest

Also, if you need advice about writing and publishing, be sure to check out Laura’s Mentors for Rent.  Mentors for Rent


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A ROCK CAN BE . . .  is Laura’s most recent book. Be sure to visit her website to learn more about all of her books.

Now it’s time to head on over to Ellen Leventhal’s blog, Elementary Dear Reader, for the Poetry Friday Roundup.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny in Episode 11

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)

Since it’s the 2nd Friday of the month, Landon and I are here with Episode 11 in our series. For those of you that may be visiting for the first time, here’s a bit about the series. A Great Nephew and a Great Ant  Aunt is all about collaboration. I, the great Aunt, team up with Landon, the great nephew, to bring you, our great readers, a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. In each of our episodes, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. Landon I have enjoyed this so much that we wanted to share the fun with others. So back in January I started featuring guest collaborators as part of the series. The guests have been amazing and I have guests lined up for many months to come.

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.

Now . . .

Episode 11:
Tea Party

The Poem

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