Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

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#1 New York Times bestseller
A TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year
A 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

-[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

3 comments on “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth”

  1. Perfect Gift for New Parents and, actually, anyone! First of all, I am a huge fan of Oliver Jeffer's books. I love them all. That said, I love this one the best. My kids are grown but I still buy children's books because I love them and like to have the best ones around for my grandchildren who also love his books.Here We Are is a beautiful, sensitive and fun book. Perfect as a gift for new parents and anyone who cares about the earth and it's inhabitants, especially in these uncertain times.

  2. Absolutely beautiful book with great messages This is an absolutely beautiful book, with fantastic messages worked into some big ideas. Bought this for my 2.5 year old twins who are obsessed with the idea of light during the day and dark at night, we talk about the sun, moon and stars often.I will be purchasing some of these for gifts as well!Looking forward to reading this one over and over again!!!

  3. Gorgeous and full of wisdom A gorgeous book full of wisdoms we want to share with our next generation (and peers). This book has some fun facts about our planet and a touch of magic that comes with sharing those facts with an infant or child. "You may not be able to speak yet either, even though your head is filled with questions. Be patient, you'll learn how to use words soon enough."

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