National Caribbean American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “One Love” by Cedella Marley

The words in this book for very young children have been adapted by a daughter of Bob Marley from one of his most popular songs. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton are bright and cheery and show a diverse collection of people celebrating the joys of cooperation and community.

The song “One Love” expresses these sentiments, and was named “Song Of The Millennium” by the British Broadcasting Corporation….

“One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One love)
So shall it be in the end (One heart)
Alright, ‘Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right.'”

In her notes at the end of the book, the author explains:

“I think everybody has a ‘happy song’ and ‘One Love’ is mine. Yet, in many ways, it’s everybody’s happy song….

When my father sang ‘One Love,’ he felt it all the way – heart and soul, mind and body. He thought a world united by love was possible, and it is. All we’ve got to do, he said, is ‘Give a little, take a little.’ My father wanted people to embrace one another and take care of one another. That was and is the message of ‘One Love.’”

Cedella Marley

Published by Chronicle Books, 2011


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6 Responses to National Caribbean American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “One Love” by Cedella Marley

  1. Sandy says:

    I love that song!

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    That book looks gorgeous! I love the message of the song.

  3. softdrink says:

    And now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day long!

  4. bookingmama says:

    We enjoyed this one!!!

  5. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    Sounds cute!!

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    I love the illustrations. It’s so hard to choose books for Gage. There are so many great ones!

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