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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language - and its scope' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian 'The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year' Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer 'My top book of the year' Susan Hill, Spectator From bestselling Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist & author Jackie Morris 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. 'Gorgeous' Observer 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. 'Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty' Alex Preston, Observer

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19th April '19
read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book is a lovely poem book with incredible illustrations. We had to do a project on it at school and it was all we could talk about all day. As well as me, all of my classmates loved it too.
15th May '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Mr Evans' class aged 7 to 11
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5 stars
'I would go as far to describe The Lost Words as one-of-a-kind; a six-star book. It's a book that should find itself in to the hands, hearts and minds of everyone... The Lost Words will now be rightfully found again.'

The Lost Words is a complete visual joy to behold; spectacular and outstanding in all its resplendent and ‘oversized’ glory. The Lost Words reminds us to stop, stare and marvel at the natural wonders of our world all around us whilst also reconnecting us with ‘common words [and species] that are falling from common usage’ (Jackie Morris).

Gloriously illustrated by Jackie, this book combines her stunning watercolours with Robert Macfarlane’s richly captivating and evocative acrostic ‘spells’, which remind me of similar semantics and wordplay to my own favourite poet Dylan Thomas', that are just asking to be read aloud for readers of all ages to lose themselves in the power of his words.

It’s such a landmark book, as it not only talks about environmental sustainability but about the sustainability of the words we keep in use to describe them, that’ll have a legacy which will inspire many a generation. Arguably, there’s no other book quite like this and I would go as far as to describe this book as one-of-a-kind; a six-star book.

After you’ve read and longingly explored its pages, it will be exceedingly difficult not to compare all books to the exquisite quality of The Lost Words because without a doubt, this will be one of the most beautiful books you will ever have the pleasure of holding in your hands. I hope this truly awe-inspiring, breathtaking and special book finds its way in to the hands, hearts and minds of every child, every parent, every teacher, every classroom and every school up and down the country because not having the chance for all to devour this would be a disservice to the future of society.

Owing to the incredible and harmonious collaboration between Robert & Jackie, The Lost Words will now be rightfully found again.
15th April '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to eric_ aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
What a beautiful book!!! The illustrations are spectacular! This book was a way to try to keep words alive that are being lost in kids childhood: they have been removed from the Oxford Dictionary: I couldn't believe it when I read this...They decided to remove nature-related words claiming they aren't relevant for modern day childhood, such as acorn, bluebell, conker, otter, ivy... How can a child be a child without those words? And we can't let our kids forget about nature and all the beautiful nature around us. 

My son loved reading this book, looking at all the details of the illustrations. Each word has a poem and the letters of the lost words are also the initial letters of the verses. My son loved seeing this for each of the pages. I also felt very good reading this book. It's definitely a book for all ages. A beautiful gift for anyone!

Only thing is that the font used is quite different, so some kids might find it confusing to see the V for example without one of the lines.
19th February '19
I read it myself (an adult) , to Dragonmaster aged 9 aged 9 & to Kerfuffle aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Words can't describe how much I love this book! Everything about it is beautiful, the words, the illustrations, even the gold edging on the pages. My 5 year old calls it the golden book, and loves to read the introduction about spells conjuring back lost words. It is such an important book, to help children and adults be more aware of the world around them and of what would happen if the things these words describe, were to disappear. This is a wonderful book for children and adults alike, a keepsake book that would be perfect as a gift. 
4th May '18
I read it to Little One aged 3 aged 3 & to Baby aged 1 aged 1
The Lost Words 9780241253588
5 stars
This is a breathtaking book that sprinkles the joy of nature and language on each and every page. It is a fine example of picture books being for everyone, not just for children. The book truly is mesmerising with a collection of poems amongst some wordless pages and wonderful artwork that is a window to the great outdoors. 
2nd April '18
zainab's read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Lost Words 9780241253588
4 stars
This book was beautiful.  The illustrations are lovely and very colourful, my favourite pictures are the Heather and the Kingfisher. I would recommend this book to all ages.
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About Jackie Morris

James Mayhew is an author and artist based in Hertfordshire. He starts his art workshops for children by telling them a story and then asks them to illustrate it, guiding them on the style of dress and architecture of the period. James has illustrated Shakespeare's Storybook and The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera. About the artist: Jackie Morris ha...

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About Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words...

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