Gwen the Rescue Hen

Gwen the Rescue Hen

17.99

Written by Leslie Crawford, Illustrated by Sonja Stangl

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 Books for children. The first is Sprig the Rescue Pig.

Target audience: Ages 4 to 7

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ISBN: 9781571313676

Pages: 38

Size: 8 x 10

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PRAISE & PRESS FOR GWEN

 
Chickens in a factory farm get an unexpected chance at a better life. Crammed into a tiny cage, with hardly any room to move, Hen longs to stretch her wings and fly. But like the other chickens in the cages that line the pitch-black barn, she is part of an egg farm, so the only flying she can do is in her dreams. Suddenly a roaring sound fills the air (“HOWOOOOH!”). A tornado rips the roof off of the barn (“KABOOM!”) and takes Hen’s cage swirling with it. When she touches down (“CLONK!”), she is amazed to see a world of color and tasty grass. But there are also new dangers to fear: barking dogs and zooming motorcycles. Luckily she meets Mateo, a tan-skinned, brown-haired boy who has a penchant for chickens. Mateo renames Hen “Gwen” and learns to care for her and her friends, whom he finds and brings home. Readers will happily learn along with Mateo, using the intriguing list of chicken facts appended at the end. Stangl’s teardrop-shaped fowl further endear as they peer out from the pages with big eyes and bobbling bodies. With a light touch (and much onomatopoeia), Crawford offers compassion and insight on farm-animal rescues. (Picture book. 4-8)
— Kirkus Reviews
 

In telling these heartwarming tales of resilience, compassion and love, Crawford avoids the more brutal realities of factory farming, showing simply that these farms are extremely unhappy places for such intelligent and emotional beings. She focuses instead on how truly wonderful these overlooked and poorly treated animals are — that they’re way more than just bacon and nuggets.

—EcoWatch


The writing was immediately captivating and left me wanting to find out what happened to Gwen.

— THE BOOK HORDE

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 Kind words from  Edible East Bay  about Gwen & Sprig!

Kind words from Edible East Bay about Gwen & Sprig!


A delightful read for children and chicken lovers alike! I’m sure it’s going to become a bedtime classic.

—Book Snuggery


This is a really strong children’s book. Despite being about a hen who escapes from a factory farm, it really hit the reader over the head with any sort of animal rights message. Instead, it’s a gentle story about kindness and friendship and…well, just letting chickens be chickens.”

-The Ladybug Reads

 Gwen is entertaining and educational. It comes with a bonus section on  fun facts  about chickens.

Gwen is entertaining and educational. It comes with a bonus section on fun facts about chickens.


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
 On list of “ Consciousness-raising gifts for kids,”  - OpEd News

Sprig the Rescue Pig and Gwen the Rescue Hen are delightful and engaging stories. Youngsters will rejoice in the characters' glorious newfound freedom while developing compassion for these sensitive creatures. Both books are sweetly illustrated by Sonja Stangl.

-OpEd News

The second book in Stone Pier Press’s Farm Animal Rescue series, Gwen the Rescue Hen sheds light on the realities of factory farming in an age-appropriate and relatable way. Author Leslie Crawford’s playful prose tells the tale of Gwen and her fateful escape from an egg farm. Free from the hen house, Gwen’s adventure is only just beginning as she discovers a new life on the outside. As children read about the friendship that she forges with a boy named Mateo, they will gain more than an enlightening look at farmed animal rescues, but also a lesson in compassion, and a close look at the extraordinary individuals who are chickens. The book also includes a bonus section, with fun facts all about chickens.

—Veg News

 Looking for eco-friendly holiday gifts for the kids in your life? The Farm Animal Rescue series is a perfect, heartwarming option for children ages 4-8.  Sprig the Rescue Pig  and  Gwen the Rescue Hen  instill compassion by teaching kids about the extraordinary abilities of farm animals.  An Organic Conversation

Looking for eco-friendly holiday gifts for the kids in your life? The Farm Animal Rescue series is a perfect, heartwarming option for children ages 4-8. Sprig the Rescue Pig and Gwen the Rescue Hen instill compassion by teaching kids about the extraordinary abilities of farm animals. An Organic Conversation


   Reynard Loki   , senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent for    Earth | Food | Life   , speaks with author Leslie Crawford about her inspiration for Gwen.

Reynard Loki, senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent for Earth | Food | Life, speaks with author Leslie Crawford about her inspiration for Gwen.


The authors affirm Gwen’s personhood: she is a someone, not a something. This shouldn’t be a novelty, and yet. GWEN THE RESCUE HEN is a wonderful choice for vegan families, or for any parent or guardian wishing to instill a sense of compassion in their young children. And the artwork is super-adorable too!
— Kelly Garbato, NetGalley
 Leslie Crawford brings her chicken, Alice, to the Northern California Book Fair in Oakland.

Leslie Crawford brings her chicken, Alice, to the Northern California Book Fair in Oakland.

Leslie Crawford has ably imagined and narrated the story of Gwen’s great adventure, and Sonja Stangl’s illustrations have perfectly captured the whimsy inherent in all things chicken.

Together they show children, and adults that “happily ever after” is a real thing—and making it happen can be as simple as letting chickens live like chickens.

Randy Graham

 Leslie in her San Francisco backyard, with Alice.

Leslie in her San Francisco backyard, with Alice.

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 Our Hen House podcast, Sr editor of VegNews

 
 

 
 

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Leslie Crawford

author

A journalist and editor for more than twenty years, Leslie Crawford has primarily written about health and education. It was thanks to her 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.

 
 
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Sonja Stangl

illustrator

Sonja Stangl studied multimedia art in Salzburg and now lives and works in Vienna, where she illustrates stories for books and animation. Learn more about Sonja at inky.land.