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 m...

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The Lost Words Reviews

  • Paul
    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 drawn from the...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 t...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    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 an animal or ...
  • Alice Lippart
    Absolutely gorgeous....
  • Viv JM
    5* for the illustrations4* for the poetryThis 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 stunning artwork I have ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Buy this book for the children in your life, or if there are none for your inner child...
  • Simon
    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 so...
  • Hilary
    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 of children. I ...

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