Here we are : notes for living on planet Earth

by Jeffers, Oliver,

Format: Print Book [2017]
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Summary

#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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With quixotic humor, Jeffers takes children on a welcome to our planet tour by first pointing out Earth's position in space. Then he zooms in, crashing out of space and into the bright blues and greens of Earth. The crowded undersea is replete with a hot-pink octopus and colorful fish, the land with mountains and plains, and the sky with many constellations. And then come the people. In a busy double page, he shows 100 different people in various attire doing many occupations and activities. After that, more than 100 animals are accompanied by the cautionary words: They can't speak, though that's no reason not to be nice to them. The scenes day and night, rural and urban are depicted in full-bleed double-page spreads done in pen and watercolor. The resplendent purple globe of the Earth at night shows continents and teeming city lights, as Jeffers stresses, There are lots of us on here so be kind. A celebration of people all shapes and sizes, and of the beauty and mystery of our Earth.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""These are the things I think you need to know," writes Jeffers (A Child of Books), dedicating this contemplative and heartfelt book to his young son. Each spread highlights aspects of this planet or life on it: the solar system, people and animals, the way time can seem to move slowly or quickly. "Use your time well," he advises. "It will be gone before you know it." Throughout, Jeffers channels the voice of an adult who knows things but perhaps still struggles to find the right words to explain them: "Generally how it works is that when the sun is out, it is daytime, and we do stuff." After discussing land, sea, and sky, he admits that the sky "can get pretty complicated" (dotted lines separate the "air we breathe" from the "stratosthingy" and "outer space," among other labeled celestial and meteorological entities). Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans-musicians, hijabis, nuns, explorers, potentates-underscores the twin messages that "You're never alone on Earth" and that we're all in this together. Ages 3-7. Agent: Paul Moreton, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature.
Parent and child -- Juvenile literature.
Parent and child.
Earth (Planet) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2017]
Edition First American edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780399167898
0399167897
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