Synopses & Reviews
Adapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.
"As she did in Three Little Birds (Tuff Gong, 2006), Cedella Marley adapts a song by her late father, reggae musician Bob Marley. She takes liberties with the lyrics: other than the song's chorus ('One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right!'), the prose bears no resemblance to the original song. Marley replaces religious references with nature-based reflections on love: 'One love, what the flower gives the bee./ One love, what Mother Earth gives the tree.' Readers rely more on Brantley-Newton's (Let Freedom Sing) cheery, mixed-media illustrations to follow the book's plot, in which a girl galvanizes her multiethnic community to pick up litter and plant flowers to open 'One Love Park,' their cooperative efforts driving home the 'let's get together' thrust of the refrain. Filled with patterned materials and bold colors, Brantley-Newton's illustrations are as sunny as the characters' dispositions, and the scenes include several visual nods to Bob Marley. Conflict-free, it's simply a feel-good story of a community coming together though unfortunately, not one readers can really sing along with. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A feel-good story of a community coming together" - Publishers Weekly
"This celebration of community is joyful." --Kirkus Reviews
"The message is positive, happy and multicultural, and a great read for bedtime." -Daddy Be Good
"Exuberant" - School Library Journal
"As a parent, I am always looking for new books for my children. I want them to grow to love the written world while learning lessons that are compatible with our family values. I was very excited when I came across this book...I think this might just be something that Santa drops off this year." -Womanist Musings blog
About the Author
Cedella Marley's life has always been rooted in music and culture. As the oldest child of Bob Marley, she has dedicated herself to keeping her father's message and memory alive. She is a musician as well, performing internationally with the three-time Grammy Award?winning Melody Makers, which consist of her brothers Ziggy and Steve and her sister Sharon. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and three sons.
Bob Marley (1945 -1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He remains the most widely known performer of reggae music. In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is the author and illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and Don't Let Auntie Mable Bless the Table. She loves to craft, cook, collect vintage children's books, tell stories, make dolls, and shop. She lives in East Orange, New Jersey, with her husband, daughter, and two crazy cats, Kirby and Stripes.