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Book review: Utah musician teams with paper-cut artist for a nature-filled lullaby

Published: Saturday, March 15 2014 3:15 p.m. MDT

MAY THE STARS DRIP DOWN,” by Jeremy Chatelain, illustrated by Nikki McClure, Abrams, $17.95 (ages 3-5)

Soothing verses lead from dreamy night scenes (“floating clouds of white”) to sandy dunes that “blow all day” in the picture book "May the Stars Drip Down."

“And sleep will pull you through / May the starlight find you.”

Jeremy Chatelain’s imagery of “mountain paths around a lake / leading to the last house falling asleep” is accompanied by Nikki McClure’s midnight-blue-and-white cut-paper illustrations which sweep and curl around a sleeping child, secure in a mother’s arms, floating away on “waves of blue.”

With splashes of color, “The morning light comes gently in / And you wake to sunshine and the wind ... / May I always have you.”

Chatelain, a Utah musician, offers a selection of quiet images inspired by nature just perfect for a dreamlike lullaby. A link to an audio download of the song is included in the book.

McClure’s signature organic paper cuts complement the single-line verses with swirls accentuating Chatelain’s melody.

“May the Stars Drip Down” is a peaceful bedtime book for families to read and sing together.

If you go ...

What: Jeremy Chatelain and Nikki McClure storytime and book signing

When: Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m.-noon

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

Email: marilousorensen@ymail.com

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