Sprig the Rescue Pig
Author: Leslie Crawford · Subject: Children
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 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 real events, this light-hearted tale introduces kids to an intelligent and curious pig who finds his way to an animal sanctuary.
The book includes a bonus section called “More About Pigs,” where curious readers will learn that pigs are smart enough to play video games, enjoy sleeping in cozy pig piles, run fast, and other surprising facts.
Sprig the Rescue Pig is the first children’s book in a series on farm animals, perfect for ages 4 to 7.
About the Author
Leslie Crawford always thought she’d wind up living in the country raising vegetables and animals on a farm straight out of Charlotte’s Web. That didn’t happen, though she does have six chickens and five rescue pigeons in her San Francisco home. Crawford became a writer instead, producing stories for San Francisco Magazine, Salon, Metropolitan, and many other publications and websites before channeling her farming aspirations into a story about a hen who finds her way out of a cramped cage into a life of adventure with a young boy. Crawford thinks of the her ongoing children’s book series as gentle reminders that all farm animals are worthy of respect. Leslie loves any excuse to write and speak about topics relating to sustainable food, animal welfare, and children’s books.
“May Sprig help people to see what wonderful individuals pigs truly are.” – Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
“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.” – Reynard Loki, Ecowatch
“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, creator of The Permaculture Podcast
“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, Editor of The Reducetarian Solution and The Reducetarian Cookbook
“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, creator and author of 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