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We all go through awkward, unsteady phases—even animals! Award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre shines a light on nature’s in-between moments in this relatable nonfiction picture book.

Newly hatched, but not ready to fly. Eager to explore, but not ready to leave mama’s side. No longer a tadpole, but not ready to leap from water onto land. Animals, just like people, can find themselves in awkward in-between stages. How do we get out of the in-betweens? With patience and time—and sometimes a little push! Join celebrated author-photographer April Pulley Sayre for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into nature’s in-between moments.

About The Author

Photograph by Jeff Sayre

April Pulley Sayre (1966–2021) was the award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural science books for children and adults, including her award-winning photo-illustrated books Being Frog, Raindrops Roll, and Best in Snow. Sayre’s books received an abundance of starred reviews, have been dubbed ALA Notable Books (Raindrops RollRah, Rah, Radishes) and won a Geisel Honor (Vulture View). Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (March 28, 2023)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534487826
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD370L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"The close-up images are crisp and clear, the word choice is precise, and the poem flows smoothly—April Pulley Sayre has a well-deserved reputation for combining visuals and text to encourage a child’s awe at the natural world, and this exemplary work is a shining example.... Wondrous and wonderful, for reading and thinking and sharing."

– Kirkus Reviews, 1/1/2023

With a poetic text and sharp, uncluttered photographs, the Sayres examine transitions in the natural world— transitions from physical spaces as well as those between states of being.... Ideal for a group read-aloud, this book encourages discussion of personal “in betweens.”

– Horn Book Magazine, 3/1/2023

"Using succinct, poetic text and her signature close-up nature photography, Sayre explores awkward transitional moments experienced by all animals...this perceptive and reassuring offering will be welcomed by inbetweeners and the late Sayre's many fans."

– Booklist, 3/15/2023

Awards and Honors

  • Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year

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