Big and Small and In-Between

Chronicle. Apr. 2022. 98p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781452166506.
Gr 1-2–This poetic examination of some of the many experiences that can take place over the course of one’s life is visually stunning and emotionally rich. Life is filled with moments that contribute to the definition of one’s reality. From small experiences (the kiss of sunshine first thing in the morning) to large memories (achieving a long sought-after goal), each day is enriched by what happens within it. No matter the size or impact of an individual moment, however, at its center resides a person or creature that is somehow affected by what they have experienced. At the end of the day, life is ever more flavorful thanks to the dynamic and varied events that occur from one moment to the next. Short, descriptive stanzas evoke the feelings of each featured moment, making the book accessible to younger and older readers alike. Notably, the narrative does not follow the plot structure of a traditional picture book; instead, the book is designed to inspire conversation and reflection about what is depicted on each page. Expressive illustrations in deep colors and intriguing textures elegantly unite with the words to create a thought-provoking and emotional new whole.
VERDICT This lovely story stands out from others in the genre as it will connect with readers of all ages while encouraging discussion of life’s myriad moments—both great and small.

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