Gwen the Rescue Hen

Gwen the Rescue Hen


Written by Leslie Crawford, Illustrated by Sonja Stangl

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

Gwen has spent her whole life in a big egg-laying hen house, so she knows very little about what chickens can do (besides lay eggs, of course). A fateful tornado turns her world upside-down and sideways, landing her in a strange new place that's nothing like the hen house.

Using her wits and chicken superpowers, Gwen dodges danger at every turn until she finds safety and friendship with a boy named Mateo. Together they discover how extraordinary an ordinary chicken really is.

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 book in our Farm Animal Rescue Series for children. The first is Sprig the Rescue Pig.

Target audience: Ages 4 to 7

ISBN: 9781571313676

Pages: 38

Size: 8 x 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

"Do we ever really think much about the chicken, or the egg? We should! Gwen the Rescue Hen asks us to really *see* chickens’ and understand their unique kind of intelligence and their superpowers. Told with humor, insight, and compassion, and beautifully illustrated, Gwen uses her wits and chicken superpowers to find her way to a new life in which she can be the chicken she was meant to be."

-Brian Kateman, Editor of The Reducetarian Solution 

I grew up on a farm and learned about farm animals first-hand. Most kids, however, learn about farm animals from kids books - kids love animals and animals continue to be a popular subject in children's lit. But all is not right with farm animals and the way they're treated and it's a dilemma to figure out how to educate kids about all that horrible stuff in a child-appropriate way. I think you nailed it with "Gwen the Rescue Hen". (And Sprig, too!) Plus it's just fun and heart-warming to read.  

- Randy Graham,  A children's book: Gwen the Rescue Hen 


I’ve always said there are more reasons to raise backyard chickens than just getting fresh eggs – as good as that reason may be. Three other great reasons – to promote humane food production, to educate children about animals, and to have wonderful family pets – are explored in a delightful new children’s book, Gwen the Rescue Hen.

  - Deb Neyens, Gwen the Rescue Hen: A book review


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