Meanwhile Back on Earth . . .: Finding Our Place Through Time and Space

Meanwhile Back on Earth . . .: Finding Our Place Through Time and Space
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October 04, 2022
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A spectacular new picture book from the creator of international bestsellers Here We Are andWhat We’ll Build that will give readers perspective on our place in space.

A father takes his two children on a thrilling out-of-this-world adventure into space and invites them to look back at Earth and the conflicts that have taken place since the beginning of time. This becomes a brief history of the world and a guide to the universe, told with Oliver Jeffers's inimitable perspective, wit, and exquisite artwork.

Meanwhile Back on Earth gives a unique look at life on Earth with a cosmic perspective—and an enduring message that what binds us together matters more than what sets us apart. A timely story for families everywhere.

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Thought-Provoking story about war and space
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When a father grows tired of the fighting on Earth, he takes his two children on an adventure into space. He teaches them how far away the planets are based on if you were driving 37 miles per hour each time. While teaching them the years, he goes back in time to the conflicts that occurred on Earth during different time periods.

MEANWHILE BACK ON EARTH puts historical events from a unique perspective that will stimulate a child's mind. Humans are always so busy fighting over the smallest patch of land, yet there's so much space out there. It makes you wonder why humans feel like they need to own countries instead of enjoying life to the fullest. There's so much out there, so why fight? I love the bold illustrations and the family theme to go along with the space one. Maybe one day the world can come together and we won't have to live in fear of another war, all for a piece of land when there's so much more to explore.

Final Verdict: This is a thought-provoking story that I loved reading to my daughter. It opened up the opportunity to teach her about both space and history while making her mull over what's the point of fighting in the first place?
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