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."

Sprig the Rescue Pig is the first children's book in our series on farm animals.

Target audience: Ages 4 to 7

ISBN: 978-0-99886-230-9

Publish Date: April 2, 2018 

Pages: 40

Size: 8 x 0.2 x 10

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B O O K   P R A I S E   &   P R E S S

"You may think that pigs are just a source of bacon and pork. But spend some time with Leslie Crawford, and you will quickly learn how wrong that is. Leslie published Sprig the Rescue Pig, a children's book that she hope will spread awareness about how remarkable pigs truly are." 

- Marc Guzman, Podcast

"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

"Wow, the book is terrific! The art is adorable, the message subtle and sweetly endearing."

– Virginia Aronson, Food & Nutrition Resources Foundation

"Sprig is utterly charming, beautifully written, and the illustrations are enchanting. This is a great book for any child. You don't pull punches but you don't do anything gruesome or graphic or scary. Sprig the Rescue Pig is delightful." 

– Victoria Moran, Mainstreet Vegan

"In some incredible feat, Leslie Crawford shares the truth about pigs in a way that's somehow light, informative and heartfelt in its telling. Like the best kid books, you can read it and see the darkness or light within it, or it can just be a fun story."

– Kristen Baskin, CEO, Let Us Compost

"Inspired by a true story, the book is a fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated adventure tale with a happy ending." 

– Children's Books We Love, Mercy for Animals

"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

"Well, let's see, we absolutely LOVE this book - the illustrations are just amazing, and we love the ending as well."

– Elisa Filka, Charlie's Corner Children's Bookstore

"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

"Sprig is one of our better selling children's books this season."

-Susan Manella, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

"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, Berkeleyside, Leslie's new book highlights the intelligence of pigs - in a fun way! 


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  Photo by Kerri Chappelka

Photo by Kerri Chappelka

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 sketching at her desk.

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 inky.land.