GET UP, STAND UP
By: Cedella Marley
Illustrated by: John Jay Cabuay
Published: March 7, 2023
Publisher: Chronicle Kids
From the oldest child of Bob Marley comes the third children’s book adapted from one of his songs. Cedella Marley hopes to continue the message her father spread with his songs, in the form of books for children. This board book offers a message of love and kindness toward others and to stand up against hateful words and actions.
One young girl goes through her day being confronted with hateful words and actions, but she doesn’t let them get her down. She focuses on the kindness of friends and how each of them rallies around to stand up to those who are rude or bully or tease. She teaches kids to be true to themselves, plant their feet, and don’t give up the fight. Kids will be reminded that kindness wins and together they can help each other stand up for their rights.
There is a lot of diversity on the pages, both in the kids being kind and those that are bullying. The vibrant colors remind me of Bob Marley’s signature clothing and colors. This book, based on the song “Get Up, Stand Up” reminds all of us that we can make a difference by being kind.
Bob Marley, a Jamaican singer-songwriter, is one of the twentieth century’s most important and influential entertainment icons, and his lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music.
Cedella Marley, the eldest child of Bob Marley, is also the author of One Love and Three Little Birds and performs with the Melody Makers internationally. She lives in Miami, Florida.
John Jay Cabuay received his MFA in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and his illustrations have graced the covers of newspapers, magazines, and books worldwide. He lives in New York City.
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