One Love by Cedella Marley and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton is such a fun book - reminds me of the catchy tune that Cedella's father, Bob Marley, made famous!!
GO watch the fun book trailer HERE.
When you read this children's book, you can see how one little girl, with the help of her friends, family, and community can help transform their whole neighborhood! This is a great story and the illustrations add to the sweetness of the story - really a fabulous mix!!
Here are some words from Cedella herself!!
One Love – Many Hearts
While I loved the the idea of adapting my father’s lyrics into children’s books, I did have some concerns. His songs are beloved by millions of people all over the world - would his fans accept a new version of a songs that means so much to them? But the more I thought about it, the more I knew that it was an idea my dad would have loved. He gave his music to the world and to his family. His song will always be his, and now my version can stand alongside and give a new generation of children a chance to experience One Love in a way that’s just for them.
I can understand fans’ concerns because I had to take the same leap of faith when I
gave my adapted lyrics to Vanessa Brantley-Newton to illustrate for One Love. She and I hadn’t worked together before – and hadn’t ever met. Would she understand my vision for the new lyrics? Would her pictures match those in my mind? Luckily she not only understood, but surpassed by vision. Her illustrations capture all the joy of the song and I especially love the diversity of the characters – every child will be able to see someone that looks like them or someone they know on the pages. And Vanessa incorporated so many wonderful touches, like the pictures of my father and the number “56” on the town house, which was the house number of my childhood home.
Allowing many hearts to contribute to a project isn’t always easy. We often hold onto what’s familiar and want to maintain control. But the message of One Love is “let’s get together.” So in away my father and I got together to create the lyrics, and Vanessa and I got together to create the book – and it does “feel alright.”And now for MY fun - you have a chance to win THIS fun prize pack!!!
How??? Just leave a comment on my post for one entry. For another, tweet or Facebook about it and leave that link in my comments as well!!! (So up to three entries!!) I will post a winner on Thursday, Oct 13!!!
**I was sent a copy of this book for preview purposes by the publisher.