'Respect: A Children's Picture Book'
By: Otis Redding - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.95
Description: Otis Redding’s classic song 'Respect' — as popularized by Aretha Franklin — becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.
Verdict: Targeted at an age range of 5-7 year-old's and running at a lush 24 pages, this magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated and harmoniously told (through Otis Redding's classic) story is presented in 8.5"x8.5" glossy hardback book.
Featuring lyrics from songs that you would normally only ever hear on the radio, or coming out of the speakers of a record player (or, these days, computer, iPhone, etc.), each song (within the series) is a pocket of storytelling that spring forth to enlighten the mind or embrace the heart.
With the simply enormous song 'Respect' now being a children's picture book based - based on lyrics originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, Aretha Franklin's iconic rendition of the song later peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1967.
With lyrics by Otis Redding and illustrations by Rachel Moss, this irresistible book shows a young girl, her brother, and her parents conjuring as many positive futures for each other as they can dream.
Packed with playful vignettes as they imagine a life full of possibility, Respect provides families an opportunity to explore themes of mutual respect - while revisiting one of the greatest songs ever written.
With Redding's lyrics continue to resonate with listeners today, Respect; A Children's Book' is, without shadow of a doubt, one of pure exuberant joy, and delivers a message so profound and just so sweetly timed, for the times we are currently living.
You will even find a set of ten (10) questions to ask your kids at the back of the book, such as How does respecting others make you feel? Can you respect someone even if you are made at him or her? and, amongst others, What's the difference between "respect" and "mutual respect"?
About the Authors - Otis Redding (1941–1967) was a singer, songwriter, and producer often referred to as the King of Soul™.
Known for releasing such acclaimed songs as 'These Arms of Mine,' 'Try a Little Tenderness™,' 'Hard to Handle,' and '(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,' Redding is considered to be one of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time.
He received two GRAMMYs as well as a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Rachel Moss is a graphic designer in love with the bright colors and vibrant energy of the Caribbean.
She was born in Jamaica and studied animation in England at the University for the Creative Arts.
Moss now lives in Jamaica where she spends her days illustrating children’s books such as 'African' with song lyrics by Peter Tosh, 'I Am a Promise' by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, 'Abigail’s Glorious Hair,' and 'Milo & Myra Learn Manners with Mr. Mongoose.'
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