Packard Takes Flight

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Recently Columbus Parent scored a copy of a brand new kid’s book with a local angle. It’s called “Packard Takes Flight,” and it’s all about Columbus sites as seen from the perspective of “Packard,” a peregrine falcon who lives atop the Rhodes Tower downtown.

There are several things we like about the book: one, it’s so “hot off the presses,” it’s even got the new Alice in Wonderland chess pieces at the Columbus Museum of Art, and two, it doesn’t delve too deeply into the Rhodes falcons’ unfortunate mortality rate. The watercolor illustrations are nicely done, though best with the structural details (a child will easily recognize the locations, which include the Statehouse, COSI, the Santa Maria, OSU Stadium, the North Market and much more). And the text is zippily informative.

The book, written by Susan Sachs Levine and illustrated by Erin McCauley Burchwell, retails for $17.99 and is being sold at Cover to Cover Bookstore in Clintonville, the Upper Arlington Public Library, and the gift shops at the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Franklin Park Conservatory. And if you want a signed copy, Levine and Burchwell will be at the Granger Insurance Audubon Center (505 W. Whittier St., in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park downtown) on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and then later that same day, from 2-4 p.m. at Cover to Cover Bookstore (3560 N. High St.)