In Between

S. & S./Beach Lane. Mar. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534487819.
PreS-Gr 2–In this eye-catching volume, Sayre captures elusive moments of transition in the natural world. Her vivid images and spare prose explore multiple interpretations of what it means to be “in-between” through scenes like a whale mid-leap, a reptile half-hidden among rocks, a tadpole that hasn’t quite developed into a frog, and growing baby animals that are still dependent on their mothers. Vibrant photographs showcase a variety of creatures in diverse habitats, catching striking moments of action as well as quiet glimpses of cozy comfort. Images range from crisp close-ups that create a sense of intimacy to wider views that showcase the animals’ environments. Easy-to-read text is laid out playfully, with font size and style emulating the animals’ actions. The book appeals to a range of ages, inviting preschool or early elementary readers to discuss the abstract concept of being in-between, while babies and toddlers may simply delight in the animals and their activities.
VERDICT A welcome choice for picture book collections, especially where nature and animal books are in high demand.

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