> The Things You Can Read: Picture Book: Leave Your Sleep

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Picture Book: Leave Your Sleep

Leave Your Sleep

Farrar Straus Giroux: Leave Your Sleep by Natalie Merchant
Click here to watch the trailer!
We have been a Natalie Merchant fan since her 10,000 Maniacs days, back in the '80s. Well, 10,000 Maniacs has been a defunct band for over two decades now, but Natalie Merchant's career continues in that unique Merchant manner that made her famous.  She is back, as strong as ever, since taking a self-imposed maternity leave from her career back in 2003.  Her new project is amazing.  Merchant has entered the literary world, and not only that, she has combined poetry and music with her new venture.  On November 2012, Leave Your Sleep hit the book stores, taking Merchant's career to new heights; the poems are classics, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the music is vintage Merchant.  Don't miss this excellent addition to any children's library.  We can't wait to add this one to our own personal bookshelf.  Check out the trailer, and see if  this is your cup of tea; it certainly is ours!  As always, let us know what you think.

Excerpt from the Publisher:


Award winning children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock has lovingly created a picture book based upon Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant's double-album of classic children's poetry adapted to music. 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. Available in stores nationwide.

Additional Information:

NY Times Article: Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant Website

Leave Your Sleep CD

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