The Lost Words

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From Acorn to Weasel, a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds.

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive, British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

My Thoughts

Ten years ago the Oxford Junior Dictionary introduced new words such as “broadband” while others including acorn, adder and bluebell disappeared.Apparently the dictionary’s guidelines require that it reflect “the current frequency of words in daily language of children”

Unsurprisingly, there was a groundswell of opposition to the word cull and the result was this beautiful book. It's published by Penguin and it’s a work of art, an exquisitely beautiful celebration of the lost words including hand painted illustrations by Jackie Morris interspersed with acrostic poems by Robert MacFarlane. A real keeper for readers of all ages.

A proportion of the royalties from each copy of The Lost Words goes to Action for Conservation, a charity dedicated to inspiring your people to take action for the natural world

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