Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are simply and sweetly explains how to take care of the earth and the creatures who live on it, making it a perfect read for Earth Day on April 22nd!
I came across this book when I asked for a recommendation for my best friend’s baby shower and I fell in love with it right away. I read it to my mom and she cried. All I can say is that reading this book feels like a big hug. Jeffers wrote it to explain the world to his newborn son which is just cute, cute, cute!
Here’s a little spoiler:
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.”
The best part about this book is that it’s perfectly created for both little ones and adults. The world is explained in such a way that little guys will understand. Jeffers urges everyone to be kind; “There is enough for everyone.” The book is also filled with hilarious little tidbits for the big guys. For example, the simple plea for the baby to actually sleep when it’s nighttime. Given that Earth Day is coming up – a day devoted to protecting our planet and all of its inhabitants – what better way to remind each other of our duty to protect the Earth than through a beautifully illustrated, wittily written, and oftentimes hilarious book?!
I think it’s so genius to look at how we can save our environment through the lens of a child. Forget the details and remember that it really is simple; be kind to animals and people and to the earth itself. Pretty straightforward, right? This book is an excellent reminder that the most important thing we can do is take care of our planet and each other. We only have one, after all.
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