Swifty's Big Flight
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Swifty's Big Flight

Lee Jackson and Ryan Alexander-Tanner


  • Swifty's Big Flight is the story of a Vaux's Swift's first big flight as he journeys south for the winter from his home in the Pacific Northwest. The book lightly weaves fun scientific facts about Portland's own Vaux’s Swifts into the fictional, family-oriented narrative.

    A local artist, working with the author and Audubon Society of Portland ornithologist, provided the illustrations and hand-lettering.

    A percentage of book proceeds is donated to the Audubon Society of Portland. 9" x 6", staple bound, 30 pages.
  • Lee Jackson and Ryan Alexander-Tanner Lee Jackson is a Portland, OR, freelance writer who has been watching the Vaux's Swifts from the porch of her Northwest home for the past five years. Swifty's Big Flight is Lee's first published children's book. Visit her website at flyingswift.blogspot.com.

    Ryan Alexander-Tanner spent all of his time in grade school doodling in the margins. Now he draws pictures for a living. He has created comics and illustrations for a few large companies and a lot of little ones. He is also involved in arts education, having lectured on historical and contemporary comics at several universities, and taught elementary students comics illustration through the SUN (Schools United Neighborhoods) program. Visit his site at ohyesverynice.com.