The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

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 ...

Details The Lost Words

TitleThe Lost Words
Release DateOct 5th, 2017
PublisherHamish Hamilton
GenreNonfiction, Poetry, Childrens, Picture Books, Animals, Environment, Nature

Reviews The Lost Words

  • Beth Bennett
    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...
  • Lyndsay
    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 n...
  • Sarah
    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 eye...
  • Miss Lynham
    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 illust...
  • Penelope
    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...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    I’ve praised this rich and imaginative collaboration a lot: this was my latest. Five stars.
  • Cathrine
    Gorgeousbreathtakinglyso.Artand words.Perfect match.They'll have youdancing poeticallythrough its pages andbeyond.Searchfindingrefindingthe lost wordsyou holdwithin.
  • Andrea
    I want to re-read this again already, everything about this book is beautiful!
  • Rae
    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
    A thing of true Beauty.
  • Janice
    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 humbl...
  • Barbara
    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, bu...
  • Sarah
    Five stars. Uploading review shortly*
  • Holly
    Enchanting, magical, humorous. Echoes of the lost words from childhood, combined with exquisite illustrations. A beautiful book, a treasure to behold.
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  • Emily May
    Best book of 2017, hands down.