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  • Writer's pictureElla Fothergill

Book Review: Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Updated: Mar 7

Here We Are:

Notes For Living on Planet Earth

By Oliver Jeffers


“Well, hello.

Welcome to this planet.

We call it Earth …”

Our lives on this beautiful planet can be very overwhelming and confusing at times, especially for a little one! Full of questions, children want to know the answer to everything - why is the sky blue? Why do dogs bark? Why does it rain? Why? Why? Why …….? Having a small child himself, Oliver Jeffers covers all of the basics in this best-selling picture book, which he hopes will help children “make sense of it all”.

Using beautiful illustrations, young readers will journey across our universe, witnessing twinkling stars, the deep ocean, bustling cities and strange animals! The author makes you feel excited to be alive, presenting the beauty of every person, landscape and creature. In this way, education is at the heart of this story with facts and labels on every page.

Here We Are is a positive and reassuring book which makes the complicated seem manageable. He encourages children of all ages to simply do their best and the overriding message is to BE KIND.

A lovely celebration of life, this heartfelt book feels like a warm hug and freshly-baked cookies on a rainy day!

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