Are We There Yet?

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Book Review, Picture Book

Are we there yet (cover)

Book Details

Are We There Yet?
Sven Völker. London: Cicada, hb. 978 1 8006 6037 3, 2023, £12.99, 32pp.
Picture book, 3-7 years

So where are we heading to?’ asked Bear.
‘All journeys have secret destinations,’ replied Butterfly.
‘The journey itself is the reward.’

The story of Bear and Butterfly with its modern, semi-abstract illustrations captures the reader’s attention from its first page. Bear accompanies Butterfly on a great journey through nature in which they learn very insightful lessons. Their journey takes them from a rainy day to swimming across the river. Butterfly encourages Bear to overcome his fears when they need to cross the river.

This story is not only about personal growth but also about friendship. A friendship rooted in their differences, yet it is their differences that strengthens their bond. Bear concludes, “I guess sometimes it’s better to fly and sometimes it’s better to walk.”

This beautiful, touching story allows children to learn how to overcome challenges and find strength in those qualities that make them different and unique. The last lesson that Butterfly teaches Bear, and thus the reader, is “‘the end of one journey is the beginning of another.”

The merging of life lessons, personal growth, and strong friendships will positively inspire those children who read Are We There Yet?


Review by Candela Rivero