Sprig the Rescue Pig

Sprig the Rescue Pig

17.99

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. Our second one Gwen the Rescue Hen is also on sale now.

Target audience: Ages 4 to 7

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ISBN: 978-0-99886-230-9

Pages: 40

Size: 8 x 0.2 x 10

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PRAISE & PRESS FOR SPRIG


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

 Leslie at  Charlie’s Corner  in San Francisco with Bix, who plays a supporting role in Sprig and  Gwen .

Leslie at Charlie’s Corner in San Francisco with Bix, who plays a supporting role in Sprig and Gwen.

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

Wow, the book is terrific! The art is adorable, the message subtle and sweetly endearing.
— Virginia Aronson, Food & Nutrition Resources Foundation
 FOLIO BOOKS READING | APRIL 2018  Author Leslie Crawford read before a group of children at  Folio Books  in San Francisco.

FOLIO BOOKS READING | APRIL 2018

Author Leslie Crawford read before a group of children at Folio Books in San Francisco.


Sprig is one of our better selling children’s books this season.
— Susan Manella, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

 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

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
 OAKLAND VEGFEST | MAY 2018  Leslie Crawford meets a real-life Rory (and her mom Tammy) at  Oakland VegFest .

OAKLAND VEGFEST | MAY 2018

Leslie Crawford meets a real-life Rory (and her mom Tammy) at Oakland VegFest.


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

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
 
 Another aim of the picture book series is to educate readers about how intelligent and interesting animals are..."   Read More

Another aim of the picture book series is to educate readers about how intelligent and interesting animals are..." Read More

 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

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


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

 MERCY FOR ANIMALS MAGAZINE | JUNE 2018  “Teach kids compassion with Sprig the Rescue Pig!”

MERCY FOR ANIMALS MAGAZINE | JUNE 2018

“Teach kids compassion with Sprig the Rescue Pig!”

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

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

 EDIBLE EAST BAY | JUNE 2018  “In the world of book publishing, small presses provide a valuable alternative to large corporate publishing houses…”   Read More

EDIBLE EAST BAY | JUNE 2018

“In the world of book publishing, small presses provide a valuable alternative to large corporate publishing houses…” Read More


Both Sprig and Gwen are awesome and radical and filled with hope, and couldn't have come into my life (and the world) at a better time. I can't wait to see which species of nonhuman animal Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl breathe life into next! 

-Kelly Garbato, Good Reads

 Sprig in the house! With Mary Aguilar at the  Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore  at the Wendell Berry Center, in New Castle, Kentucky.

Sprig in the house! With Mary Aguilar at the Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore at the Wendell Berry Center, in New Castle, Kentucky.

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 Bookstore


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  Photo by Kerri Chappelka

Photo by Kerri Chappelka

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 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 sketching at her desk.

Sonja Stangl

ILLUSTRATOR

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.