One Love by Cedella Marley

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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.

About Cedella Marley

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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.
Published August 26, 2011 by Chronicle Books LLC. 24 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Using only the refrain from the original (“One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right!”), the reggae great’s daughter Cedella Marley sees this song as her “happy song” and adapts it for children.

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The New York Times

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But the overall impression left by this devastating film is of the global economy as a dog-eat-dog world where the usual culprits, the United States and its multinational corporate clients, have the advantage.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 whi...

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BC Books

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Yet, not all the songs are dancehall songs either.

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BC Books

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If you want more of Bob Marley and the Wailers and are ready to get to the root of "roots" music, then the One Love CD is just what you are looking for.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Very primitive, but there's enough greatness here (Marley's voice didn't really change - it just ended up being better recorded) and enough examples of early Jamaican ska music to satisfy musicologists and reggae nutters.

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It is Bob Marley and the Wailers, just not the Bob Marley and the Wailers most listeners are familiar with.

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Portland Book Review

I would never have thought about making that song into a children’s book, but it came together beautifully, there seems to be a magical something to it that I simply cannot put into words.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed The famous reggae song "One Love" by Bob Marley has been adapted into a happy and hopeful children's picture book by his daughter Cedella.

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Time Out New York

Here – as the title suggests – he uses the same milieu for the Romeo-and-Juliet romance between easy-going Rastafarian muso Kassa (Ky-mani Marley, son of Bob) and Serena (Cherine Anderson), a clean-living Christian chorister engaged, at the insistence of her pastor dad, to a guy less strait-laced...

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Publishers Weekly

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It’s been a while since I’ve brought up the topic of race in children’s books, and I’m eager to hear how you publishers are coming along with your efforts to publish increasingly inclusive lists of books that feature kids of color as main characters in general-interest stories that aren’t primari...

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Musicians express respect for Marley Here's what musicians participating in "One Love: TNT's All-Star Tribute to Bob Marley" had to say about the man and his music: Erykah Badu -- "Bob Marley is a prophet and I want to carry on his truth and light in everything I do."

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