Book Review: Every Little Thing Adapted by Cedella Marley, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Every Little Thing cover imageFrom Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella, comes a new picture book based on her father’s song “Three Little Birds.” The message repeating over and over in the song is “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be all right.” The same is true for the book, which is titled Every Little Thing. A boy rises in the morning to great a new day, with three little birds on his doorstep leading the way. The birds are there when he sees someone sitting alone on a swing at the playground, so the boy includes the lonely kid in a soccer game that’s going on. The birds are there when he makes a mess baking in the kitchen, but the boy’s parents hold him and tell him it’s going to be all right. And the birds are there when his mom and dad sing him to sleep at night. The illustrations, by Vanessa Brantley-Newton are colorful and fun. They include a grumpy kitty, who isn’t having as good of a day as the boy is. The kitty would like to catch the birds, but in the end, even he ends up charmed by them. Cedella Marley includes a note in the end about the meaning the song has for her, and how it passes along an important message: “as long as we share our love with others, even if storm clouds gather, we will be okay.” My husband and I often sang “Three Little Birds” to our daughters when they were growing up. Every Little Thing offers the opportunity to share the music along with a great story for kids. I highly recommend it. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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