Marley’s daughter pens ‘Every Little Thing’

Cedella Marley in her design studio.
Associated Press/Rolo De Campo, file

Cedella, the eldest of Bob and Rita Marley’s children recently published another in her series of children’s books dedicated to the spirit and message of songs by her famous father.

“Every Little Thing” based on the song “Three little Birds” which choruses “don’t worry about a thing ‘cause every little thing is gonna be all right” is adapted to a delightful book that addresses the care-free sensibilities of first-time readers.

The song she said “has given hope to millions whose hearts have been lifted when facing the economic, social, and political challenges of today’s difficult world.”

In her father’s words she based his lyrics to “to show through a child’s eyes how he found hope in the world.”

Although many young readers may not have discovered the lead Wailer or heard his beat, after perusing the pages they will surely see the message in her colorfully illustrated publication.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton graphically provided the main ingredients to appeal to beginning readers.

She generously splashes heavy doses of images of children on swings; wearing a rainbow of colors including the trademarked red, gold and green associated with members of the Rastafarian community; playing soccer – Bob’s favorite sport; in mischief, being comforted and surrounded by pets, plants and plenty of love.

Last year the entrepreneurial mom published “One Love” to the delight of young readers. She said the book would enable youngsters to “feel the beat and the positive rhythm of change.” The title she said was based on her favorite “happy song.”

“I think everybody has a happy song, ‘One Love is mine.’” “It’s also a healing song. I play it for my boys when they weren’t feeling well,” the mother of three boys said.

“One Love’ is also a great sleepy time song.”

Cedella’s reasons for tagging the popular song are all related to her father and her own three children – Soul Rebel, Skip and Saiyan.

The Grammy-winning singer, actress, designer and author recently outfitted Rihanna with one of her eye-catching designs.

The pop singer dressed to impress when she performed on television’s “Saturday Night Live.”

With fabric brandishing the image of the iconic reggae singer, the word “Marley” blazed an instant demand for Marley’s “Catch A Fire” brand.

Celebrities have long found favor with her stylish designs. And this past summer the world saw her athletic, fashion forward styling at the London Olympics.

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt and the entire Jamaican delegation sported her patriotic designs.

Her “High Tide” swimwear is also acclaimed and was recently featured on Tyra Banks’ hit TV show –“America’s Next Top Model” — which taped a few segments in Jamaica.

Marley has worn many hats, after taking hiatus from singing with Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers she featured in films – “Joey Breaker,” “The Mighty Quinn,” and “KLA$H.”

Her first segue to writing introduced children to her father who is known as “The Boy From Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley.”

In 2002 she published “56 Thoughts from 56 Hope Road.”

At that time she said the book compiled meditations, sayings and Psalms that reflected her father’s thoughts.

She later penned “One Love” and now “Every Little Thing” might well be all right.

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