Monday, April 30, 2012

Welcome in Spring With a Good Book -- One Love by Cedella Marley (Review)

One Love

10 x 9-5/8 in; 32 pp;
Guided Reading Level: G
Published in September, 2011
ISBN 9781452102245
ISBN10 1452102244


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.

My Thoughts:

It is nice to see children's books like this that provide the acceptance of multi-cultural differences.  Even though I am American and was born here, my husband is from El Salvador.  Thus, or two girls were lucky enough to his dark skin tone.  I joke to friends that they will save on sun tan lotion, as I am white as a ghost.  They have beautiful skin and should be proud of it and their ethnic background.  Even though they are young now, I know they will ask why they are darker than me when they grow up.  And, hopefully, they will not have to deal with discrimination at that time.  But, if they do,both my husband and I will be there to talk with them and let them know that they are special no matter what color their skin. 

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Bob Marley, especially his hit song, One Love.  Like children and Mickey Mouse, adults can sing along to this song or name the artist, when they hear One Love on the radio.  So, it is only fitting that they adapted this hit song into a children's storybook.  Cedella Marley did just that, and what a great book it is.  I love the bright and bold illustrations on each page, which really draw in young eyes and keep them engaged.  As I read this story and sang the song to Savannah, I pointed out the different children and how they had different color skin.  I repeatedly told her that they are all loved, and should all be friends, no matter what.  Even though Savannah is too young to understand, I will definitely continue to share this book, and explain the song's meaning as she and Arabella grow up.  If you love Bob Marley's song, One Love and have young children, this would be a great book to share with them.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  the views above are mine and mine alone.

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