Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth children's book review
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is a children's guide book written by Oliver Jeffers in 2017 in the two months that followed the birth of his son. Jeffers tried to make sense of life and the planet we inhabit for his baby and that resulted in this gem of a book!
The book reads as if the narrator is speaking specifically to the child reading it and I always love books that do this because it encourage the reader to become more invested in what they're reading or hearing. You can tell how much love Jeffers poured into this book.
Jeffers manages to highlight the wonders of life and the beauty of our planet in a simple yet potent way as he drops nuggets of wisdom regarding the diversity of our world, the importance of taking care of the planet, the passage of time and the need for kindness. I wouldn't say there is a particular age reccomendation for this book because, even though it is aimed at children under the age of 5, all of the lessons Jeffers tries to impart are lessons that every human should know about and remind themselves of.
Jeffers also illustrated Here We Are and I must say the paintings are brilliant. Jeffers draws the night sky and its constellations, the sea and its uncovered treasures, as well as the earth and all its wonderful human and non-human inhabitants. The variation and brightness of the colours used is sure to keep a child captivated. I say it will keep children captivated but I am in my twenties and the illustrations kept me enthralled too!
There are some little jokes and references that only older readers would understand too, for example people who know that dodo's are extinct. This makes it more enjoyable for the adult reading this to a younger person.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth has also been a number 1 New York Times Bestseller and was the TIME number 1 Best Book of the Year in 2017. Honestly, those awards were well desrved! Even I was reminded of how incredible and humongous this universe is... it rekindled that spark of wonder and inquisitiveness in me.
So, in case you couldn't tell, I definitely reccommend this book; especially if you have an awesome kid you can read it with. Marvel together at this incredible world!
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