Review of ‘One Love’
Title: ‘One Love’
Author: Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco
Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary
Themes: love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature.
Children’s books about love abound. Children and love go hand in hand, and there are many beautiful children’s books that capture love in all its forms. The one I am sharing today is based on a song that I think the entire world could hum: Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’.
Marley’s daughter, Cedella, sang ‘One Love’ to her young boys when they weren’t feeling well, when they were happy, and as a lullaby. It is a song for every occasion and I’m sure parents worldwide sing this iconic song. Cedella has adapted the song to create a children’s book which introduces the message of ‘One Love’ to a new generation.
The book of ‘One Love’, whilst lovely, will not break sales records as the song has done (seriously how could it!)…but for fans of Bob Marley it is a must have. It is impossible not to get all sing-songy when reading the book. PudStar looked at me slightly horrified when I broke into song mid book. She just put her hand over my mouth until I stopped. Sigh.
The book trailer is gorgeous and I got all teary the first time I watched it:
Follow it up in the home, classroom or library:
- Listen to the original song, view footage of Bob Marley singing it on YouTube.
- Listen to some of the music of Cedella Marley, and Bob Marley’s other children.
- Write another verse for the song starting with ‘One love…’ and ending with the line ‘One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right’.
- This is a song that makes people happy. Write a list of all things you do which make you feel happy. Write a list of all the things in your world that you love.
- Create a mobile of decorated cardboard hearts with all the things you love written on the hearts.
- Look closely at the pictures in this book. As the story progresses what is the community building?
- How can we create community where we live? At school?
- How do we/can we embrace and include all those in our lives: our family; neighbours; school friends; those in the world who feel isolated or vulnerable.
- Listen to some of Bob Marley’s music. List some of the themes he writes about.
- Research Bob Marley and write a short biography of his life.
EDIT! There is now a second book by Cedella, ‘Every Little Thing’ based on the song ‘Three Little Birds’ by her father, Bob Marley. It is equally as lovely as the first.