Gwen the Rescue Hen

Gwen the Rescue Hen


Written by Leslie Crawford, Illustrated by Sonja Stangl

Release Date: September 2018 | AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

This coming-of-age story...scratch that...this coming-of-chicken story begins with a hen named Gwen who is stuck in a chicken-packed cage in a dim egg-laying warehouse until she is suddenly swept up by a fierce tornado. Sprung into the big cage-free world, Gwen dodges dogs, stares quizzically into the eyes of a huge plastic chicken, and barely misses getting run over by a motorcycle. She is rescued by Mateo, an 11-year-old boy, who is just as clueless as Gwen is about what chickens do. But he realizes she’s in danger and takes her home to keep her safe. Together they eventually learn how very cool it is to be a chicken.

The book includes a bonus section called More About Chickens, where curious readers can learn that chickens have extraordinary eyesight, a complex language of 24 sounds, and are descended from dinosaurs, among other fun facts.

Gwen the Rescue Hen is the second children's book in our series on farm animals.

Target audience: Ages 4 to 7

ISBN: 978-1-57131-367-6

Pages: 38

Size: 8 × 10


B O O K   P R A I S E   &   P R E S S


"Our society has long needed more kid-appropriate, high-quality media that gives them access to pro-animal stories in a compelling, age-appropriate way. Gwen the Rescue Hen does just that, allowing young readers to follow along as this darling chicken goes on the adventure of a lifetime thanks to a sudden twist of fate. Her story safely allows young readers to ask important questions about humans' relationships to animals, and the stunning illustrations allow readers to stay fully engaged. I have no doubt this book will quickly become your kid's favorite nighttime read."

– Jasmin Singer, co-host of the Our Hen House podcast, Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine


A U T H O R   &   I L L U S T R A T O R


Leslie Crawford


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, five foster pigeons, and a bearded dragon lizard named Georgia.


Sonja Stangl


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