Sprig the Rescue Pig
Sprig the Rescue Pig
Written by Leslie Crawford, Illustrated by Sonja Stangl
Things aren't looking good for Sprig, who is packed into a fast-moving truck with dozens of other pigs. He doesn't know where they're going but his nose knows there's something better out there. So with one dramatic leap, or really more of a tumble, Sprig sets out on a pig-centered adventure that leads him to his new best friend, a girl named Rory. Inspired by true events, this light-hearted tale introduces kids to an intelligent and inquisitive pig who finds his way to a good life.
The book includes a bonus section called More About Pigs, where curious readers can learn that pigs are smart enough to play video games, enjoy sleeping in cozy pig piles, run really fast, and other amazing facts.
Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig, said of the book: "May Sprig help people to see what wonderful individuals pigs truly are."
Peek inside Sprig the Rescue Pig here.
Sprig the Rescue Pig is the first children's book in our series on farm animals. Our second one Gwen the Rescue Hen is also on sale now.
Target audience: Ages 4 to 7
Size: 8 x 0.2 x 10
PRAISE & PRESS FOR SPRIG THE RESCUE PIG
“With Sprig, Leslie Crawford shows us how it's possible to expand our relationship with, and our connection to, the natural and non-human world. She uses language that is nonjudgmental, beautiful, and expressive. The illustrations, produced by Sonja Stangl, are delightful. If you are a parent of younger children I recommend you pick this up and start to share these stories with your children.”
-Scott Mann, The Permaculture Podcast
“I simply adored this book! Clever, descriptive, and well structured, this book was particularly enjoyable, the sort of story that I'd enjoy reading out loud with a class. Sprig is the sort of character that anyone could envision easily thanks to the imaginative writing style the author employs. Rich vocabulary, engaging plot, and plenty that can be inferred from the illustrations; this book will be a big hit with child audiences. Simply a pleasure to read.”
-Matthew, School Librarian on GoodReads
The book, beautifully illustrated by Sonja Stangl, shows Sprig on a crowded truck that is taking him and other unsuspecting pigs to the slaughterhouse. Suddenly Sprig smells something delicious — so delicious that he must have it. Sprig jumps out of the truck to find the source of the smell, launching him on a set of adventures that leads Sprig to Rory, a young girl who adopts him. Eventually, as he grows in size, Sprig moves to an animal rescue farm...While Sprig the Rescue Pig stays away from the harsh details of industrialized farming, the book helps readers see pigs as much more than delicious strips of bacon.
-Frances Dinkelspiel, Leslie’s new book highlights the intelligence of pigs in a fun way! Berkeleyside
Teach Heart has named Sprig the Rescue Pig and Gwen the Rescue Hen to its recommended book list as part of its Humane Education Initiative.
"These are fantastic books. Sprig and Gwen are both funny, sweet, and beautifully illustrated...They're bound to make readers think, too."
-Eric Lindstrom, TryVeg podcast, 14:00
Inspired by a true story, Sprig is a fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated adventure tale with a happy ending.
- Children’s Books We Love, Mercy for Animals
“I love this book. The story is lovely and the illustration beautiful. Writer and illustrator work together to convey complex emotions in such a clean and bright way. They also handle Sprig's transition to the sanctuary in a way I think kids will easily understand and embrace.”
-Mr. Eric, What If World - Stories for Kids
“Sprig the Rescue Pig brings us into the mind of a pig, who like all pigs, is curious, intelligent, and affectionate - very much like a dog! In getting to know Sprig, we are asked to reconsider these animals for the remarkable beings they are. A joyful and inspiring story, Sprig makes a great gift for animal lovers.”
-Brian Kateman, President of the Reducetarian Foundation
“Any child will be delighted by the sweet, timeless illustrations by Austrian illustrator Sonia Stangl, who draws the narrative skillfully across the pages, sometimes in imaginative tendrils, almost embodying the way the scent of the forest first draws Sprig out of the truck... When we imagine what it might be like to be someone else, even a different species, it helps build empathy.”
-Lisa Kelsey, The Pauling Record
“We absolutely LOVE this book. The illustrations are just amazing, and we love the ending as well.”
-Elisa Filka, Charlie’s Corner Bookstore
SPRIG ticks every box for what I like to see in a humane education book: It's professionally presented, with appealing illustrations, sturdy binding, and a title on the spine (important if it's to survive and thrive in a library!); it presents kind values without being didactic or off-putting; and it appeals to mainstream readers as much as it does to those already growing up in animal-aware households.
-Peacegal on GoodReads
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A U T H O R & I L L U S T R A T O R
A journalist and editor for more than twenty years, Leslie Crawford has primarily written about health and education. It was thanks to her 12-year-old daughter Molly, who has never met an animal she doesn’t like, that Leslie developed an interest in writing about animals. Leslie lives in San Francisco with her two children, six chickens, four foster pigeons, and a bearded dragon lizard named Georgia.
Sonja Stangl is an artist and illustrator from Austria. She studied multimedia art in Salzburg and now lives and works in Vienna, where she happily illustrates stories for books and animation. Learn more about Sonja at inky.land.