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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A dad's witty guide to the world his baby's been born into.

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This lighthearted guide to our planet is a charming way of imagining what a new baby will need to know about Earth and grow up to learn and experience. There's dry humor in the narrator's tone, such as telling the new baby to take care of his body, "as most bits of it don't grown back." Animals, he notes, "can't speak, though that's no reason not to be nice to them." And, "You will figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else." Author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers' colorful illustrations draw readers in and give them lots to look at, from an underwater scene with octopus, whale, seal, and dolphin to a two-page spread of diverse humans in various activities, professions, and ethnic dress.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is loaded with positive messages about tolerance, responsibility, and taking care of Earth, but it's all done with humor and never preachy. There's much to enjoy for a variety of ages, including new parents.

Book Details

  • Author: Oliver Jeffers
  • Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: November 14, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Available on: Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 15, 2017

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