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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.
‘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
Published by Hamish Hamilton, 2017