‘Rainbow Crow’: Inspired by Life
a review of Rainbow Crow, by Heather Garcia
Megan Willome’s new children’s book was birthed from a bird bandit
A feathered thief snatched her son’s glasses, and Megan Willome watched in disbelief as it flew off with its new treasure. After the initial shock wore off, Willome’s next instinct was to investigate the culprit.
“I couldn’t believe that it had actually happened, so I went to the library to look for books on crows to try to figure out if I had seen what I saw,” Willome said. “That’s when I found a book titled ‘In the Company of Crows and Ravens’ [by John M. Marzluff]. It’s a scientific book, but it’s got these beautiful illustrations, and it’s all about crows and what they do and how our language is affected by them, and myths and legends and stories.”
What Willome didn’t realize yet was that in exchange for the glasses, she’d gotten a new hobby.
“I started writing poems about crows pretty much as soon as I got this book,” she said.
One of those first poems, “Blinded,” is featured with 16 others in Willome’s new children’s book, “Rainbow Crow: Poems in and Out of Form.” It’s a collection of short poems about crows with colorful illustrations alongside each poem.
Read the rest of the story at the WACOAN magazine