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By Tony Medina
Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson
Born in the Jamaican countryside in 1945, Bob Marley seemed special from birth. The curious, intuitive boy had an extraordinary gift for absorbing and interpreting the world around him.
Influenced by his biracial heritage, his island home, and the injustices he observed in everyday life, Bob went on to become a musician and messenger; a poet and prophet of reggae culture. His music echoed from Jamaica all the way across the globe, spreading his heartfelt message of peace, love, and equality to everyone who heard his songs.
Brimming with imagination and insight, I and I Bob Marley, is a multifaceted tribute befitting this international musical legend. Soulful, sun-drenched paintings transport readers to Bob Marley’s Jamaica, while uniquely perceptive poems bring to life his fascinating journey from boy to icon.
Booktalk with author Tony Medina and illustrator Jesse Joshua Watson
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- Interest Level
- Grades 3 - 6
- Reading Level
- Grades 4 and up
- Biography, Biracial Interest, African/African American Interest, Dreams & Aspirations, Historical Interest, Mentors, Mothers, Music, Overcoming Obstacles, Religion/Spiritual, Nonfiction, Poverty
Tony Medina is the author of Love to Langston, Christmas Makes Me Think, DeShawn Days, and I and I, published by Lee & Low Books. In addition, he has written a book for young adults, FYI: Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids who Never Got a Response, five volumes of poetry for adults, been included in more than eighty publications, and edited several anthologies featuring the work of emerging poets. Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, Medina lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
Jesse Joshua Watson is a fine artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in galleries, on CD covers, and more recently in children's books. An avid traveler, Watson's artwork reflects the cultures and people he connects with along the way. Watson lives with his wife and their sons in Port Townsend, Washington. Chess battles with family members are a favorite pastime. His Web site is jessewatson.com