Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley

Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley

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by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley, Vanessa Newton
     
 

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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

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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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"A sweet elaboration of the original's reassuring message that 'every little thing is gonna be all right.'" - Kirkus Reviews"
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
Baby/Toddler—This fun book by Bob Marley's first-born daughter, Cedella, pairs her father's beloved song with images that explore the ups and downs of a child's typical day. An adorable preschooler, sporting a Bob Marley T-shirt, shares a message of peace, love, and harmony. Rainy weather, a lonely child in need of comfort, and a baking project gone awry are opportunities for the boy to remind himself and to reassure those around him that "Every little thing/is gonna be/all right." This lyrical and positive board book will strike a chord with worrywarts and loving children everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452106977
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/12/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
114,714
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

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