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author/illustrator: Sven Völker

ages: 4+

32 pages

21 x 28 cm




Sold: Complex Chinese, Korean


Rights represented as of October 2023 for Dutch, French, German, Eastern Europe & Russia, Scandinavia & the Baltics.

Are We There Yet?

  • To get through the hardest journey, we need only to take one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.


    Bear wakes up after his long winter’s sleep and joins his friend, Butterfly, on a journey. ‘Where are we going?’ asks Bear. ‘All journeys have secret destinations,’ says Butterfly.


    As they travel through forest, over hill and across a great river, Butterfly offers her wisdom about hardships, facing one’s fears and living in the moment. Bear’s natural impatience gradually softens into acceptance of the world around him.


    This is a heartwarming book about friendship, and about circles and cycles of life and being. It is a sweet and calming bedtime story that introduces Buddhist philosophies and values to young readers.


    "A sensitive script, touches of humor, and a  captivating design combine for an excursion readers will want to repeat." - Kirkus Starred Review





    Sven Volker is a Berlin-based author/illustrator and a professor in graphic design at the University of Potsdam. His book A Million Dots was a New York Times ‘Best Illustrated Children’s Book’ winner in 2019.


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