Every Little Thing

Authored by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Published by Chronicle Books

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This vibrant picture book, Every Little Thing, offers so much to so many. For some, the book provides an introduction to the late, great Bob Marley and his famous song ‘Three little birds’. His daughter, Cedella, has adapted the lyrics to create a joyful text for young children. Grandparents, parents, and teachers can relate to the words and know the tune to sing along to, if they wish to do so. Forty years on from Bob Marley’s untimely death, his daughter Cedella and Brantley-Newton bring to life his lyrics and convey a meaning of togetherness and understanding.

Through Marley’s original lyrics, messages of hope and understanding are portrayed, ‘Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing’s going to be all right.’ There is a message to those new to these words – be yourself, walk your own path, through sun, wind or rain because mistakes will happen along the way. It is important to be kind, consider others and take daily life in your stride.

This picture book would be perfectly placed in primary classrooms and school libraries. Teachers could introduce children to the life and works of Bob Marley or use the text as an introduction to Rastafarians and Reggae.

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