Dip into poetry and science with this collection of free verse and form poems. You’ll meet the catalog poem, the rondelet, the clerihew, the senryu, the diamante, the ghazal, and more— all while learning fun facts about crows.
Did you know, for instance, that crows can meow, hoot, and bark? Or that they keep more than one nest, especially to hide their precious, shiny loot? Of course, some of the poems are fiction. Can you tell which? (This will be tricky. Some of the poems recount actual stories from the author’s experience with crows!)
About the Author
Megan Willome is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Magnolia Journal, The Fredericksburg Standard, and the WACOAN. She pens the children’s book club column at Tweetspeak Poetry and is the author of The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life With Poems. Megan lives in Texas and loves crows despite their great mischief—or maybe even because of it.
About the Illustrator
Hasani Browne is a fine artist who was born in the island country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Now living in Brooklyn, she loves to create things as she has imagined them and enjoys inspiring others to do the same. Her favorite bird is a peacock, but after researching and working on this book she gained a new respect for crows because of their intelligence and subtler beauty. The first time she ever saw a crow she was 13 years old and still living island life. The bird, an unusual sighting in that region, was lounging with other species in a plum tree in Hasani’s yard. Rainbow Crow is her first children’s book.
Words About Rainbow Crow
“Megan Willome has captured the essence of crow in this delightful children’s collection. Not only do the poems introduce the reader to the unusual habits and nature of this bird, but also different forms of poetry. The poems neither romanticize this common thief, nor scandalize their scavenging of shiny objects. As Megan states in the author’s notes: they symbolize life’s unwelcome intrusions that transform us. The illustrations by Hasani Browne add whimsy to the pages. Another wonderful title from T.S. Poetry.”
—Michelle Ortega, poet and children’s physical therapist