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.
Shaskan's debut looks simple, but it's in fact a polished and controlled piece of work. "A dog is a dog,/ whether it's naughty... or nice,/ Whether it suns on the beach,/ or glides on the ice." There's no beach; instead, the snub-nosed, spotted dog relaxes in a plastic wading pool, sunglasses turned up to a mustard-yellow sky. After more information about the essential dogness of the dog comes the punch line: "A dog is a dog, unless it's a... cat!" Shaskan doesn't just substitute a cat for a dog; instead, a bit disconcertingly, he shows the cat emerging from inside the spotted pup, now revealed to be an empty-eyed, zip-up costume. As the verse repeats, each new animal ("A squid is a squid, unless it's a... moose!") throws off the empty costume of the animal before and emerges from it until, inevitably, the original pup resurfaces. There's a chunky, woodcut feel to Shaskan's hip and cheery art, and he gives each of the animals abundant personality. Children attracted to Escher-like paradoxes will appreciate the endless loop of animal costumes and low-key surprises. Ages 2 6.
What a beautiful book! Thank you for bringing this song to life for little ones with its simple but powerful message. Bob's wish for One Love lives on. Jah bless!