• Here We Are

  • Notes for Living on Planet Earth
  • By: Oliver Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Oliver Jeffers
  • Length: 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best seller

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." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A true work of art." (BuzzFeed)

Oliver Jeffers 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

"[An] enchanting gem of a children's book." (NBC's Today Show

"A celebration of people all shapes and sizes, and of the beauty and mystery of our Earth." (Booklist)

©2017 Oliver Jeffers (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Mr. Jeffers captures the love and the poignancy in what is styled as an introduction to a newcomer...a kind sensibility make[s] this book...a nice bedtime choice for readers ages 2-6.” (The Wall Street Journal)

"Something of a user's guide to being alive and to life on Earth, Jeffers brilliantly...explore[s] profound and puzzling questions, establishing straight off that the wisdom imparted here is wisdom for us all." (Chicago Tribune)

"[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)

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Great Book

My daughters favorite! It teaches a lot on how to appreciate our planet, and more. It’s one of my favorite books as well. Everything about the book is amazing absolutely 100%