Monday, June 16, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 58

Picture Book: One Love: Based on the Song by Bob Marley

Adapted by: Cedella Marley

Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Summary: Bob Marley’s oldest daughter offers this adaptation of one of her father’s most beloved songs. Though the words of the book do not conform to the lyrics of the Bob Marley recording, the simpler text & fun illustrations offer a meaningful message of joy and hope as a young girl convinces a group in her community to transform it into a more beautiful space.

Hanna’s Comments: Singing along with the book may not be possible, but you can read the book, talk about how your community might be transformed, and then everyone can dance to the reggae tune. The original lyrics have some Christian references, but they are hard to decipher and will likely be ignored by children. A skilled musician might be able to adapt the book’s text to a tune comparable to the original. There is a quick promo video on that might help. Since this book is all about making connections with one another and nature, it’s a perfect PBT book.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Chronicle Books, 2011

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up                                                
# of Pages: 32                                                                                               
Available in Spanish? Not at present                                                              
Formats other than Book: tablet, videos of the song only

PBT Category: Song Book, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, action, affection, awe, belonging, blessings, body of Christ, bonds/connections/connectedness, care of creation, choir/music/singing/songs, comfort, commitment, community, companionship, dance/dancing, dependence/interdependence, the environment/nature, flowers/leaves/trees, freedom, gladness/happiness, God’s care/providence, helping, humanity, image of God, joy, labor/work, love, manna, neighbors, neighborhood, participation, partners/teamwork, play, presence, relationships, response to God, reverence, satisfaction, sharing, transformation, unity  

Scripture Connections: Love is patient and kind… (1st Corinthians 13: 4-8)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book as part of a children’s celebration after they take part in beautification activities or simply doing some cleaning and picking up litter on the campus of your faith family.  

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