The Lost Words Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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Sumptuously illustrated... the poems or nature summoning spells are indebted to Gerard Manley Hopkins with rich alliteration, word-play and compound adjectives [and] the illustrations make plants and creatures luminous against backgrounds of gold leaf (The Sunday Times)
One of the most striking and poignant picture books of the season...this giant tome contains not only beautiful illustrations but a haunting series of poems that read like a summoning back of the wild...a book in which every page seems like an act of love (Herald)
Sumptuous...a book combining meticulous wordcraft with exquisite illustrations deftly restores language describing the natural world to the children's lexicon... The Lost Words is a beautiful book and an important one (The Observer)
A breathtaking book... Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at... This is the kind of complexity that can enthral a child as much as an adult... Refreshingly accessible, slightly magical (New Statesman)
My top book of the year... It is one of those children's books for ages up to 99 years. The lost words are those my generation and earlier ones used every day and which are fast disappearing, and Macfarlane's aim is to resurrect the everyday glories of our language. May he succeed (Susan Hill)
Gilded and glorious, Jackie Morris's paintings illustrate Robert Macfarlane's acrostic poems in The Lost Words, one of the years loveliest books for all ages over 10 (The Sunday Times)
Rapturously received celebration of nature (The New Statesman)
Macfarlane is a changemaker... he has made nature-writing populis6t and big-selling. Morris's paintings are beautiful - at once familiar and other. A contender for book of the year (The Big Issue)
Publisher's description. An illustrated spell-book in watercolour and gold leaf, from the rich creative minds of award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist Jackie Morris. As nature vanishes from children's language and their imagination, The Lost Words stands against the loss of magic, celebrating the joy of wild childhood and wild places. (Penguin)
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From bestselling Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist & author Jackie Morris -- a beautiful illustrated book for readers young and old
All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world -- Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.
The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages
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'The Lost Words' is a rejection of this move towards a bleak and solitary, screen-based childhood. It is a call from the wild to experience, to recognise and to protect ordinary and extraordinary nature. It is a book to take time over, to pore over and to read aloud. I am going through it with my daughter, who is seven. She loves the drama of picking out the scrambled words to discover what the next poem will be about. We are really enjoying talking about the (luxuriously large, desperately beautiful) illustrations, picking out birds and plants and animals she recognises - and discussing the ones she doesn't. The acrostic poems slip into the mind as a list of facts never would, evocative and lovely. It is a book which will be loved by children and adults alike; an important, timely book, and a thing of surpassing beauty.
Each poem is to be savoured word by careful word. The rhythm and rhyme of the words are totally melodious, mellifluous. The pictures as well reward a long look. There's so much in each one.
I bought this book for my 13-year-old. I can't wait to pore over it with her.