The Lost Words

The Lost Words

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 m From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the na...

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Title:The Lost Words
Author:Robert Macfarlane
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Lost Words
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

The Lost Words Reviews

  • Alison
    Nov 25, 2017
    Stunning, exquisite, sublime, both the poems and the art is delicious. Also a book with a serious message: 'Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed -fading away like water on stone. The w...
  • Anandi
    Nov 18, 2017
    I am still astounded by the size of this beautiful book! The first thing I did was inhale the pages, the ink, the paper. ??? This is the kind of tome I hope to see when I travel in my dreams and can see the books I am reading. ? The artistry and craft is heart-achin...
  • Vanessa
    Jun 05, 2018
    At first blush, you may be forgiven for thinking this is a children's book (and it is that too), when it's really a work of art disguised as a children's book. British environmental writer Robert Macfarlane collaborated with the artist Jackie Harris to produce this book of acrostic...
  • Clay
    Apr 20, 2018
    Beautiful, oversized--picture book seems too pedestrian a description for this wonder, but that's one thing it is. Work of art and protest and nature meditation might be better. Just over 10 years ago, the Oxford Junior Dictionary added modern words like "blog" and "chatroom" and "broa...
  • Penelope
    Oct 17, 2017
    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...
  • Krist─źne
    Dec 30, 2017
    It k? jau buramv?rdi, bet vair?k gan dzejv?rdi par daudziem ?oti svar?giem, bet bie?i vien nepaman?miem dz?vas dabas iem?tniekiem. Bezgala skaistas ilustr?cijas, un lielais form?ts visam pie??ir dubultu br?ni???bu. ...
  • Tessa
    Jul 01, 2018
    A 2017 Christmas gift for Cosette that we've been savoring together ever since. ...
  • Viv JM
    Jan 31, 2018
    5* for the illustrations 4* for the poetry This ENORMOUS book is really quite beautiful. The "lost words" of the title are words children used to know - like acorn, bramble, magpie, wren - and these words are the subject of charming acrostic poems coupled with some of the most stun...
  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    Aug 12, 2018
    Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2018. Video Review: https://youtu.be/khJOzWSb1GE ...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 03, 2018
    So beautiful and the illustrations are wonderful. The long long wait for it from the library was so worth it. I want to get my own copy to keep. ...
  • Simon
    Jan 01, 2018
    I have a tradition each year to try and find a book I can read in a day that will be some kind of foretelling of the reading year to come. I almost didn?t this year. Then I picked up The Lost Words, a spell book in case there?s ever a time people can?t remember nature, and I?m ...
  • Madeleine
    Mar 18, 2018
    This book is stunning! And full of the kind of magic we need in the world. Highly recommend!! ...
  • Cathrine
    Oct 21, 2017
    Gorgeous breathtakingly so. Art and words. Perfect match. They'll have you dancing poetically through its pages and beyond. Search finding refinding the lost words you hold within. ...
  • Paul
    Nov 12, 2017
    Gone are the days when children?s alphabets would begin with A is for Acorn, B is for butterfly and C is for caterpillar. Now days it is likely to be A is for Acer, B is for Blackberry and C is for Cisco. Back in 2015, The Oxford University Press dropped around 50 words that were dra...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    Apr 24, 2018
    This book is something of a call to action, lest we allow children to lose touch with the natural world and all its wonder. Self-styled as a 'spell book', it brings together the acrostic poems of Robert Macfarlane and the beautiful artwork of Jackie Morris. Each piece is centred around...
  • Alice Lippart
    Nov 12, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous. ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Dec 27, 2017
    Buy this book for the children in your life, or if there are none for your inner child ...
  • John Ollerton
    Oct 12, 2017
    A thing of true Beauty. ...
  • Jamie
    Jun 18, 2018
    Gorgeously written and visually stunning. Only gripe is that I figured it would be about words that have been lost or forgotten about...not words every one knows and still uses- regardless would still recommend to everyone- child to adult-this will captivate anyone. ...
  • Hilary
    Apr 21, 2018
    From reading goodreads reviews I gather this book was inspired by a list of words removed from the oxford children's dictionary although it doesn't mention this in the book. Not knowing this I could only go by what the book says it is about- words that have vanished from the language o...
  • BrookesEducationLibrary
    Nov 06, 2017
    This book is absolutely stunning! Jackie Morris' art work is so beautiful and Robert Macfarlane's spell poems really do sound so magical when read aloud! We feel like this is a particularly important book because we do need our children of today to grow up outside, exploring and enjo...
  • Beth  Bennett
    Oct 04, 2017
    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 ...
  • Dominique Kyle
    Jan 12, 2018
    Gorgeous. I could easily leave it at just that one word. Everyone with eyes and ears, adult or child, should have a copy of this book. Robert Macfarlane has been on a mission for some time now to restore lost landscape and nature words to the English language, and compelled by the worr...
  • Sarah
    Oct 15, 2017
    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 acro...
  • Lyndsay
    Oct 02, 2017
    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 Macfarla...
  • Miss Lynham
    Oct 25, 2017
    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 c...
  • Victoria
    Mar 25, 2018
    5 stars for the illustrations but I would give the text only 2 stars. The illustrations were stunning but I found the poems/text really boring. ...
  • Ellie Labbett
    Mar 17, 2018
    Beautiful and full of life, 'The Lost Words' is an incredible collection of illustrations and poetry that will ignite curiosity towards nature within every reader. To me, the poetry feels like it is written in an all knowing voice, as if it has been waiting to speak for years. The atte...
  • Erin Bow
    Jan 04, 2018
    Read once, need to read about sixteen more times. As someone who reads poetry I do not generally have high hopes for the popular poetry books, which sometimes is the fast food version of poetry. And I don't generally like acrostics. But I like Macfarlane, and ADORE the illustrator, Jac...
  • Matt Davies
    Jan 29, 2018
    In a slight deviation from my usual reviews, I've turned to The Lost Words - a book billed as containing spells of nature. From the moment I even heard about this book, I knew it was going to end up on my bookshelf. Once read, I was in no doubt it would be one to be reviewed on the sit...