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Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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In this salutation from Earth, the chronicler gives a tour of the planet and introduces those who call it home.
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399167898
Call Number: jE JEFFERS 2017
Characteristics: 38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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From the perspective of a new parent realizing just how many things there are in the world for a new baby to learn, this one is more for the adults than actual babies but is gorgeous and great for older kids, too.

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Mar 17, 2021

Perfect for a new parent.

jcljessicaj Feb 25, 2020

What a darling book! It starts in the universe and zooms in to teach all about where we are here on Earth. Told in simple terms, so young ones can understand, but also has notes with more information if older kids are interested. I just loved it!

Feb 06, 2020

A perfect book, dedicated to Jeffers' newborn son, and digestible by all...

What would you tell a newborn or an extra-terrestrial (same thing) about life as Earth Human? And in 500 words or less. Jeffers pulls it off flawlessly. First, what is Earth relative to the universe? What is the physical Earth made of? What kinds of creatures live on Earth and what are they made of? How do those creatures interact with each other?

Using short, candid sentences – readable by most 2nd graders – Jeffers touches on all these questions. The immediately appealing pages are covered in his unique drawing and painting style. Some pages are filled with colourful sky, or of stars and planets. Other pages offer little readers lots of the ol', ‘which one do you want to be?’ with their catalogue-like display of different people types, animals, buildings, fish, and so on.

In the first 3 pages, we’re zoomed way out to view our blue planet from space. Our place in the universe – a concept that can turn us all into sniffling little babies - fragile and dependent on the love and aid of others. Finally, after bringing us back down to Earth and introducing us to our fellow creatures, Jeffers concludes with, “if you need to know anything else…just ask. You’re never alone on Earth.”

It's just great!

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Nov 02, 2019

What a beautiful book! I'm a 72 year old active Grandmother and plan to gift it to my daughter who is expecting a new child very soon.

The book seems to be aimed at babies....or children who do not talk yet, but it can be read out loud and a child can grow into it.

The subtitle says it all: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

The print is large with at most three lines per page.

Sep 18, 2019

I picked this up while looking for something for a friend's baby earlier this year and fell in love with it myself. ("You will figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else. [...] You're never alone on Earth.") The only reason I'm giving the ebook any less than the unequivocal 5/5 I gave the physical edition is that so much of the book's charm, beauty, and wisdom comes through in the art that it feels incomplete without any image description (or even just reading of the in-image text) in the audio narration, though the music was a nice and unexpected touch.

Jules101 Jun 08, 2019

This book is brilliant! On life, learning, diversity and exploration here on this wild, wacky and wonderful planet! Beautifully illustrated, simple and sophisticated all at the same time.

May 02, 2019

What a wonderful book for all ages!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

Apr 06, 2019

balls - planets

model of solar system hand around

this is the book we used last year

GCPL_EarlyLit Jan 19, 2018

"People come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. We may all look different, act different, and sound different... but don't be fooled, we are all people." This book is a very entertaining and heartwarming introduction to life as we know it on our planet. Although Oliver Jeffers wrote it as a guide for his infant son, it contains lessons that we all need to be reminded of, no matter our age. The pictures are vibrant and detailed enough to engage older readers, while the text is succinct enough not to lose younger readers. Overall, an excellent read.

Dec 21, 2017

Welcome to the Earth, my child. It will be your home from now on. There's so much that you don't know yet, but let me tell you just this - be kind! Take care of our planet and your body as 'most parts don't grow back'. Look at the stars if you get lost and be nice to all people and animals, regardless of their shape, size and colour.
Jeffers has done it again with his simple, short and most valuable "notes for living on planet Earth". Read it with you child (or alone) and don't forget to be kind!

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