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One Love

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Now in board book for the first time, One Love brings Bob Marley's most beloved song 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 friends, family, and community to help transform her neighborhood for the better.

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Overview

Now in board book for the first time, One Love brings Bob Marley's most beloved song 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 friends, family, and community to help transform her neighborhood for the better.

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A sugary poem, very loosely based on the familiar song, lacks focus.

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. However, the adaptation robs it of life. After the opening lines, readers familiar with the original song (or the tourism advertisement for Jamaica) will be humming along only to be stopped by the bland lines that follow: "One love, what the flower gives the bee." and then "One love, what Mother Earth gives the tree." Brantley-Newton's sunny illustrations perfectly reflect the saccharine quality of the text. Starting at the beginning of the day, readers see a little girl first in bed, under a photograph of Bob Marley, the sun streaming into her room, a bird at the window. Each spread is completely redundant—when the text is about family love, the illustration actually shows little hearts floating from her parents to the little girl. An image of a diverse group getting ready to plant a community garden, walking on top of a river accompanies the words "One love, like the river runs to the sea."

Though this celebration of community is joyful, there just is not much here. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-5)

Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
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"Deceptively simple and brilliantly executed."-School Library Journal
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The message of this picture-book adaptation of the famous reggae musician's well-known song is laudable, and the words are simple and rhythmic: "One love, what my family gives to me. One love, what the flower gives the bee. One love, what Mother Earth gives the tree. One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right!" This tribute by Marley's daughter contains a few lyrics on each page against a backdrop of Brantley-Newton's exuberant illustrations that tell the story of urban neighbors creating a park from what was once a garbage-strewn lot. The illustrations do the bulk of the work in this title, which would work well with Pat Brisson's Wanda's Roses (Boyds Mills, 2000).—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452102245
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 143,100
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cedella Marley has dedicated herself to keeping her father's message and memory alive, and performs with the Melody Makers internationally. She lives in Miami, Florida.

Bob Marley (1945–1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician whose "One Love" was named song of the millennium by the BBC in 1999.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is an author and illustrator. She lives in East Orange, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Read!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Absolutely Awesome! My 5 year old grandchild, whose in kinderga

    Absolutely Awesome! My 5 year old grandchild, whose in kindergarten, read this book to her classmates today and was given the highest score of 4 for her presentation. I am a very proud grandma!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Very good.

    I do wish that the read to me option had been recorded in a Jamaican accent. The flat reading really detracts from the story. Of course, you have the option of recording it yourself, so there is that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    One Love

    Very cute book and Bob Marley's song at the end was a nice touch.

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    Posted April 19, 2012

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