This collection of classic children's poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, opens the door to a wondrous world filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Leave Your Sleep features a daring and delightful selection, ranging from the beloved (e.e. cummings, Edward Lear, and Jack Prelutsky) to the undiscovered (the young Nathalia Crane). Natalie Merchant's brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised album, share the stage with Barbara McClintock's richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience.
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Natalie Merchant is a musician who for the past 30 years has been recognized as one of America's most gifted singer-songwriters.She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many distinguished books for young readers, including Adele & Simon. Her books have been named four times to the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year list. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.From Booklist:
Singer Merchant and award-winning illustrator McClintock team up to bring 19 classic children’s poems to musical—and visual—life. Initially, Merchant adapted the poems to music and released them as an album, also called Leave Your Sleep, in 2010. This picture-book version includes the CD (not available for review) and presents each of the featured poems, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Nod” to Jack Prelutsky’s “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” and Ogden Nash’s “Adventures of Isabel.” According to Merchant’s introduction, the project, which took five years to come to fruition, was based on a desire to teach her daughter “that speech could be the most delightful toy in her possession and that her mother tongue is rich with musical rhythms and rhymes.” McClintock’s wonderfully precise illustrations brim with charm, presenting the rich imagery of the poems in full-page images or through a series of small, whimsical spots. A nice collaboration between two stars in their own fields that should lure children even deeper into the magical world of poetry. A photo gallery of the poets and music credits conclude. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep (2010) album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at number 17, Billboard Folk Albums at number 1, Amazon.com at number 1, and iTunes at number 3. The book is sure to spark even more interest, and vice versa. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ann Kelley
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