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Every Little Thing: Based on the song ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley by Cedella Marley


Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover one of his most joyous songs in this reassuring picture book adaptation written by his daughter Cedella and exuberantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. This upbeat story reminds children that the sun will always come out after the rain and mistakes are easily forgiven with a hug. Every family will relate to this universal story of one boy who won’t let anything get him down, as long as he has the help of three very special little birds. Including all the lyrics of the original song plus new verses, this cheerful book will bring a smile to faces of all ages-because every little thing’s gonna be all right!

We absolutely love this book.  Both my husband and myself are huge Bob Marley fans and so the girls know and love Bob Marley nearly as much as we do.  When I first started reading this book I definitely saw Keira’s eyes light up in recognition.   I really love the uplifting message of this book, of a little boy who doesn’t let anything get him down with the help of his family, friends and three little birds.

Although the illustrations feature kids of all reaces, I love that the main character is black as most of Keira’s children books feature a white main character.  It’s important to me that she be exposed to both her Jamaican roots and her English roots so I just really appreciated that the author and illustrator went with that.

Speaking of the illustrations, they are really sweet and fun.  Looking through the book you will come across a lot of fun Easter eggs like the black and white photo of Bob Marley playing soccer embedded in a drawing hung on the wall, the Rastafarian colours of the house numbers,  music hidden in the backgrounds, and more.

This is a must have book full of hope, music and love.  Definitely recommended for kids of all ages.


About the Author

Cedella Marley has dedicated herself to keeping her father’s message and memory alive, and performs with the Melody Makers internationally. She lives in Miami, Florida.

Bob Marley (1945 -1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician, and remains the most widely known performer of reggae music. Time magazine chose Exodus, which includes Three Little Birds,” as the greatest album of the 20th century.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is an author and illustrator. She lives in East Orange, New Jersey.


Win it:

One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win their own copy of Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley.  Giveaway ends on March 15th at 11:59 pm EST.  See Giveaway Tools for Entry and T&C.





Elaine Buonsante

Friday 13th of March 2015

Jamming would have to be my favourite.


Thursday 12th of March 2015

i like 'one love'

kathy downey

Tuesday 10th of March 2015

One Love is nice


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

Like the classic one Love. Thanks, for informing me about this amazing and cute children's book.

Silvia D

Sunday 8th of March 2015

“No Woman No Cry”is one omy my favourites!