Pages:40 pages
Book Art:Full-color illustrations throughout
Size: 8 x 10 inch
Publisher:Stone Pier Press
Pub. Date: October 3, 2018
ISBN: 9780998862323

Gwen the Rescue Hen

Illustrated by Sonja Stangl

Availability: Not in stock

Available:  September 19, 2018

Hardcover

$17.95

Available on backorder

This coming-of-age story…scratch that…this coming-of-chicken story begins with a hen named Gwen who is stuck in a tiny cage in a dim egg-laying warehouse until she is suddenly swept up by a fierce tornado. Sprung into the big cage-free world, Gwen dodges dogs, stares quizzically into the eyes of a huge plastic chicken, and barely misses getting run over by a motorcycle. She is rescued by Mateo, an 11-year-old boy, who is just as clueless as Gwen is about what chickens do. But he realizes she’s in danger and takes her home to keep her safe. Together they eventually learn how very cool it is to be a chicken. The book includes a bonus section called More About Chickens, where curious readers can learn that chickens have extraordinary eyesight, a complex language of 30 sounds, and are descended from dinosaurs, among other fun facts.

Gwen the Rescue Hen is the second children’s book in Stone Pier Press’s Farm Animal Rescue Series, perfect for ages 4 to 7. The first book, Sprig the Rescue Pig, was released in the Spring of 2018.

Reviews and Praise

  • "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

More Reviews and Praise

  • “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 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 and The Reducetarian Cookbook


Pages:40 pages
Book Art:Full-color illustrations throughout
Size: 8 x 10 inch
Publisher:Stone Pier Press
Pub. Date: October 3, 2018

$17.95

Available on backorder

Gwen the Rescue Hen

Availability: Not in stock

Available Date:  October 3, 2018

Hardcover

This coming-of-age story…scratch that…this coming-of-chicken story begins with a hen named Gwen who is stuck in a tiny cage in a dim egg-laying warehouse until she is suddenly swept up by a fierce tornado. Sprung into the big cage-free world, Gwen dodges dogs, stares quizzically into the eyes of a huge plastic chicken, and barely misses getting run over by a motorcycle. She is rescued by Mateo, an 11-year-old boy, who is just as clueless as Gwen is about what chickens do. But he realizes she’s in danger and takes her home to keep her safe. Together they eventually learn how very cool it is to be a chicken. The book includes a bonus section called More About Chickens, where curious readers can learn that chickens have extraordinary eyesight, a complex language of 30 sounds, and are descended from dinosaurs, among other fun facts.

Gwen the Rescue Hen is the second children’s book in Stone Pier Press’s Farm Animal Rescue Series, perfect for ages 4 to 7. The first book, Sprig the Rescue Pig, was released in the Spring of 2018.


About Leslie Crawford

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. A vegetarian but in no way a self-righteous one, as she likes to point out, 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.

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