The Lost Words
From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural worldAll 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.

The Lost Words Details

TitleThe Lost Words
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 5th, 2017
PublisherHamish Hamilton
ISBN-139780241253588
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Poetry, Childrens, Picture Books, Animals, Environment, Nature

The Lost Words Review

  • Beth Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Absolutely stunning, both words and illustrations. Deserves more than 5 stars.It is a shame that these words that were part of my countryside childhood have become lost to the children of today. It is quite scary.This work of art is sublime. The empty spaces speak volumes and truly complement the art work throughout.The spells are composed and sound magical when read aloud, as intended. Yes, I did verbalise them.This is a book I shall return to again and again.
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  • Lyndsay
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, it arrived this morning and I was quite surprised at the sheer size of it. It is around A3 in size but after reading it the beauty of it couldn't be shown in anything smaller in my opinion. It's not a book heavy in words, but Robert Macfarlane's Acrostic Poetry is divine and Jackie Morris' Artwork in the book is beyond words.The message of the book is clear , children are losing the "wild streak" and nature and it's beauty are being forgotten. My chil I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, it arrived this morning and I was quite surprised at the sheer size of it. It is around A3 in size but after reading it the beauty of it couldn't be shown in anything smaller in my opinion. It's not a book heavy in words, but Robert Macfarlane's Acrostic Poetry is divine and Jackie Morris' Artwork in the book is beyond words.The message of the book is clear , children are losing the "wild streak" and nature and it's beauty are being forgotten. My children sat enthralled in it as we talked about what the message was and why it's important to run in the grass and notice & care for our natural surroundings and the creatures that live within it before they are lost completely.If you are after a novel or a good chunky read , This is not the book to pick .... this is simply a large piece of beautiful Poetry & Artwork with a message that needs to be heard in this technology heavy age. Thoroughly Loved it !!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking books I have ever had the pleasure to read and own. It is absolutely impossible not to pour over these pages, taking in every minute, perfectly captured detail of Jackie Morris' illustrations or to read over and over the accompanying acrostic poems. This truly is a spellbinding spell book. The choice of vocabulary is meticulous and precise. Reading them made my heart race and brought tears to my eyes, so moved was I by the beauty. Everyone must rea This is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking books I have ever had the pleasure to read and own. It is absolutely impossible not to pour over these pages, taking in every minute, perfectly captured detail of Jackie Morris' illustrations or to read over and over the accompanying acrostic poems. This truly is a spellbinding spell book. The choice of vocabulary is meticulous and precise. Reading them made my heart race and brought tears to my eyes, so moved was I by the beauty. Everyone must read this book at least once in their lives.
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  • Miss Lynham
    January 1, 1970
    Highly recommend!!This book is simply stunning!! I have to admit I am in love with the beauty of this book.I was privileged to meet the illustrator Jackie Morris at an event held at my local Waterstones last night. It was lovely to hear the powerful story behind the book, how it came to be.As a book lover I am always keen to share books but with this one I find myself wanting to share it with everyone I meet. It’s beautifully written and illustrated. The pictures and spells (poems) work in perf Highly recommend!!This book is simply stunning!! I have to admit I am in love with the beauty of this book.I was privileged to meet the illustrator Jackie Morris at an event held at my local Waterstones last night. It was lovely to hear the powerful story behind the book, how it came to be.As a book lover I am always keen to share books but with this one I find myself wanting to share it with everyone I meet. It’s beautifully written and illustrated. The pictures and spells (poems) work in perfect harmony.As a teacher I can’t wait to use it in the classroom - I know it is going to be such a great stimulus and there are so many ideas already flitting through my mind. (Apparently there are some teachers notes in progress, so teachers keep your eyes peeled.)However I should point out that this book is not age limited! It’s beauty and charm can be enjoyed by all ages. I’d like to share it as much with my Gran as with my class of pupils. I will be telling all my friends about this book for certain. It certainly feels like a very special book and I know I will treasure it!
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  • Penelope
    January 1, 1970
    A spellbinding piece of publishing which is a feast for both the ears and the eyes. A beautiful book which should be pored over, treasured and read aloud when ever the opportunity arises. Robert's words and Jackie's illustrations conjure up a natural world that we should all long to be part of, one filled with mystery, wonder and enchantment. It saddens me so that this world is one much unknown by the younger generations but perhaps this book can act as a gateway to entice them in. Pick up a cop A spellbinding piece of publishing which is a feast for both the ears and the eyes. A beautiful book which should be pored over, treasured and read aloud when ever the opportunity arises. Robert's words and Jackie's illustrations conjure up a natural world that we should all long to be part of, one filled with mystery, wonder and enchantment. It saddens me so that this world is one much unknown by the younger generations but perhaps this book can act as a gateway to entice them in. Pick up a copy of this book, speak the enchanting words aloud, let your eyes trace the glorious illustrations and who knows what magic may happen!
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  • Nick Swarbrick
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve praised this rich and imaginative collaboration a lot: this http://nicktomjoe.brookesblogs.net/20... was my latest. Five stars.
  • Cathrine
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeousbreathtakinglyso.Artand words.Perfect match.They'll have youdancing poeticallythrough its pages andbeyond.Searchfindingrefindingthe lost wordsyou holdwithin.
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I want to re-read this again already, everything about this book is beautiful!
  • Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful book — both the writing and the accompanying illustrations. Marvelous nature-themed alliterative rhymes or “spell-poems” that beg to be read out loud. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
  • John Ollerton
    January 1, 1970
    A thing of true Beauty.
  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    I started following Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris on Twitter a while back. Jackie's art if fascinating and lovely, very nature-focussed. Robert's writing is deeply focused on words, especially regional words, lost words, uncommon words that are nevertheless the PERFECT word to describe something. Holloway. Murmuration. Kingfisher. I got my copy of The Lost Words today, and sat down to read it almost immediately. The first poem, on the humble acorn, stunned me with its beauty and imagery. A I started following Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris on Twitter a while back. Jackie's art if fascinating and lovely, very nature-focussed. Robert's writing is deeply focused on words, especially regional words, lost words, uncommon words that are nevertheless the PERFECT word to describe something. Holloway. Murmuration. Kingfisher. I got my copy of The Lost Words today, and sat down to read it almost immediately. The first poem, on the humble acorn, stunned me with its beauty and imagery. All the rest of the poems and artwork were lovely and stunning. Kingfishers and otters and starlings. Conkers and wrens and weasels. Willows. Macfarlane may remind you a bit of Gerard Manley Hopkins in some places, but a little gentler and wittier.I took the (for me) extraordinary step of going to a local independent bookshop and special-ordering the book. I'm normally an ebook reader, but you need to see this book in all its large format beauty. It's worth it.My life is a little better because I've seen these images and read these words. Look it up. Read it. I hope you love it as much as I do.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collaboration between Robert Macfarlane, who is a wonderful author and who wrote the words, and Jackie Morris, the artist responsible for the stunning pictures. This is a very large book, allowing one to fully appreciate the illustrations. The book celebrates the every day bits of nature that are becoming harder to find and less obvious to children than they used to be: acorns, conkers, wrens and ravens. They even include dandelions, but I'm less convinced about the rarity of those! Th This is a collaboration between Robert Macfarlane, who is a wonderful author and who wrote the words, and Jackie Morris, the artist responsible for the stunning pictures. This is a very large book, allowing one to fully appreciate the illustrations. The book celebrates the every day bits of nature that are becoming harder to find and less obvious to children than they used to be: acorns, conkers, wrens and ravens. They even include dandelions, but I'm less convinced about the rarity of those! The text is blank verse at heart, and frequently takes the form of a conversation between the animal or bird and someone or something else: Rock rasps, what are you? I am Raven! Of the blue-black jacket and the boxer's swagger, stronger and older than peak and than boulder, raps Raven in reply.A book to be pored over and enjoyed, though smaller children will need help because of the weight!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars. Uploading review shortly*
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Enchanting, magical, humorous. Echoes of the lost words from childhood, combined with exquisite illustrations. A beautiful book, a treasure to behold.
  • Lutfiya Fajandar
    January 1, 1970
    Magic.
  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Best book of 2017, hands down.
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Independently the words and illustrations would have been wonderful but together they are sublime.
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