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Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep" Picture Book, Illustrated by Barbara McClintock, With CD, Now Available
December 18, 2012

Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep" Picture Book,
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock, With CD, Now Available


The new picture book from Natalie Merchant and award-winning children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock based on Merchant’s 2010 Nonesuch Album Leave Your Sleep is now available. Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus Giroux and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, has published this beautiful hard-cover, 48-page, full-color book including a CD with 19 songs. You can order your copy at a local book store or online from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Preview the book here.

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.

When Frances Foster contacted me with the plan to transform this collection of songs into a picture book for children I was intrigued. But when she suggested that Barbara McClintock be the illustrator, I was thrilled. Her work has delighted and charmed me for many years; it is of the greatest technical quality yet deeply soulful. I've always had a love for picture books; their illustrations, poems and stories create and preserve an enchanted place of innocence we move through as children but can return to as adults. My hope is that this collaborative book of poems, pictures and music will provide many enchanted hours to children eager for beauty and the sort of adventure that happens between the pages of a book and the words of a song. — Natalie Merchant

“A nice collaboration between two stars in their own fields that should lure children
even deeper into the magical world of poetry.” — Booklist

“A musical treat for parents as well as their children.” — Kirkus

"A classy bit of bookmaking." — The Horn Book

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