Synopses & Reviews
Bob Marley's songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover one of his most joyous songs in this reassuring picture book adaptation written by his daughter Cedella and exuberantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. This upbeat story reminds children that the sun will always come out after the rain and mistakes are easily forgiven with a hug. Every family will relate to this universal story of one boy who won't let anything get him down, as long as he has the help of three very special little birds. Including all the lyrics of the original song plus new verses, this cheerful book will bring a smile to faces of all ages—because every little thing's gonna be all right!
"The follow-up to this team's adaptation of Marley's father's 'One Love' takes another Bob Marley classic and adds two verses ('Run to the playground,/ laugh with my friends and play./ Three little birds,/ perch on the swing set') to the immediately recognizable lyrics. Brantley-Newton provides polished mixed-media portraits of a dreadlocked boy with a huge grin and young parents who clearly adore him. The three birds of the original song accompany the boy everywhere, hovering outside the window as he gets into trouble with a baking project in the kitchen, then singing to cheer him up, providing an appropriate setting for the reassuring refrain: 'Don't worry/ about a thing,/ 'cause every little thing/ is gonna be all right.' Pictures of the boy playing soccer with his parents and friends, who come from an assortment of ethnic backgrounds, will be appreciated by families and teachers searching for representations of communities that look like theirs. As with the previous volume, Marley fans will have to drag out their old CDs or vinyl to teach children the melody, since none is supplied with the book. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A sweet elaboration of the original's reassuring message that 'every little thing is gonna be all right.'" - Kirkus Reviews"
Now in board book, Every Little Thing brings Bob Marley's beloved song to life for a new generation. Every family will relate to this universal story of a boy who won't let anything get him down, as long as he has the help of three special little birds. Including all the lyrics of the original song plus new verses, this cheerful book will bring a smile to faces of all ages—because every little thing's gonna be all right.
About the Author
Cedella Marley is the author of One Love and performs with the Melody Makers internationally. She lives in Miami, Florida, and has three children.
Bob Marley, a Jamaican singer-songwriter, remains the most widely known performer of reggae music. Time magazine chose Exodus, which included "Three Little Birds," as the greatest album of the 20th century.
Vanessa Brantley-Newton's books include One Love, Let Freedom Sing, and Don't Let Auntie Mable Bless the Table. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.