Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

by Oliver Jeffers

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestseller
TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year
NPR Best Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2017

"Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans...underscores the twin messages that 'You're never alone on Earth' and that we're all in this together."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"A true work of art."—BuzzFeed

Oliver Jeffers, arguably the most influential creator of picture books today, offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child—and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home.

Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers' user's guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet's terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver's signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.

Praise for Here We Are:

-"A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves"—School Library Journal

-"From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a simple message: Be kind." —NPR

-"[An] enchanting gem of a children's book"—NBC's Today Show

-"A must-have book for parents."—Gambit

-"A celebration of people all shapes and sizes, and of the beauty and mystery of our Earth."—Booklist

-"...a beautifully illustrated guide to living on Earth and being a good person."—Brightly

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[Here We Are] is a tour through the land, the sea, the sky, our bodies; dioramas of our wild diversity....[Jeffers] is the master of capturing the joy in our differences."—New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399167898
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 19,248
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck; This Moose Belongs to Me; and Once Upon an Alphabet. He is also, of course, the illustrator of the #1 smash hits The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. His fine art is world-renowned and his dip-art exhibitions are a much sought-after event. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son. Follow him @OliverJeffers.

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this children’s novel. What a gem! I picked this one up at the library but this novel is one that I will be buying for my own library. It was a fun novel with fantastic illustrations. This children’s novel describes the world to the main character. The world is huge, it’s confusing, it’s interesting and there is so much for anyone to learn so come along and listen while they explain it to the main character. They touch on different subjects (sea, people, sky, solar system, etc.) and provide to the reader details about each of these subjects. The illustrations are wonderful and they sell the novel. They’re bold, colorful and the detail is outstanding, I took my time looking at these wonderful works of art. I liked the tone of the novel, it was friendly and encouraging. It showed me just how amazing Earth is and the ending left a warm feeling in my heart. This is definitely a children’s novel that needs to be read and cherished. Highly recommended!
Stacy_Renee 4 months ago
The author wrote this for his son within two months of his birth so it's written to a newborn, or perhaps just young readers with new eyes for the world who may need a little explaining about how it all works. A fantastic introduction to the planet we all call home. This book starts out showing us where we are in the solar system, that we have both land and sea, with different types of weather as well as different types of animals and people. It contrasts between day and night, fast and slow, etc. It reminds us that we should never stop learning about our surroundings and ultimately, that we are never alone. I fell in love with this the first time I read it to my daughter. What a wonderful little way to introduce little readers to planet earth and all that is on it. We have come back to it a year or so later and now it is one of my daughter's favorites. She loves seeing all the weather, the ocean full of sea creatures, and the pages full of unique people. We love the calm colors and peaceful faces. This book is beautifully illustrated and would make an amazing gift to any little one!
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
I’ll be honest: I pretty much love anything Jeffers writes. This one was, once again, a perfect balance of humor, learning, and adorable illustrations.