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"This celebration of community is joyful." —Kirkus Reviews
"The message is positive, happy and multicultural, and a great read for bedtime." -Daddy Be Good
"Exuberant" - School Library Journal
"As a parent, I am always looking for new books for my children. I want them to grow to love the written world while learning lessons that are compatible with our family values. I was very excited when I came across this book...I think this might just be something that Santa drops off this year." -Womanist Musings blog
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)
Posted April 19, 2012
Posted October 31, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2012
Posted April 19, 2012
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