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We Are Human Animals
Rosie Haine
Ages 5-9
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/7/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5601-2
Price: $ 18.99
52 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.5 x 9.5
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A resonant reflection on what it means to be human, in the prehistoric past and today.

Since the early days of our history, we have been human animals. Thousands of years ago, in paleolithic times, we got up with the sun each morning. The seasons were our calendar, and everything we ate we picked or caught. Some animals were our friends, and others were our food. We loved to meet and talk and dance and wonder at our world. Centuries and centuries have passed since then. But—even though our world is very different now—we are still human animals like the people before us.

With simple, poetic words and evocative illustrations, this book transports readers to the strangely familiar Stone Age, when our ancestors were shaping what Homo sapiens would become.  We Are Human Animals will spark unforgettable discussions about the history of humanity and the ties that bind us to those who walked the earth long ago. 

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A first-rate introduction to paleontology for young readers and a fine conversation sparker.”
Horn Book Magazine
“Haine’s text is spare and lyrical. Although there is no written history, the archaeological record—including artifacts of tools and cave paintings that are shown throughout in eye-pleasing earth-tone digital illustrations with handmade textures—allows her to make assertions and relate facts about life at that time.”
School Library Journal
“Hand this book to kids dreaming about cave-dwelling eras, and be prepared to discuss the similarities. A solid choice for most collections.”
Publishers Weekly
“A straightforwardly wrought introduction to early humans and a reflection on, per an author’s note, how ‘much of what we did then has made us who we are now.’”