‘Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed- until one day, the were gone.
But there is an old kind of magic for finding what is missing, and for summoning what has vanished. If the right spells are spoken, the lost words might return...'
Nothing short of a work of art, you’ll want to frame each page of The Lost Words. Superbly written by Robert Macfarlane with breath taking illustrations from Jackie Morris, there really is magic within these pages. Hardback edition.
Our rating? 10/10! Radish really LOVES this book! Here’s what some other people think-
'in a book of spells rather than poems, exquisitely illustrated by Morris, acorn, blackberry, bluebell, conker and kingfisher are lovingly returned to future generations of children... The spells carry the spirit of their subject in their structure. The Lost Words is a beautiful book and in terms of ideas, an important one.'
Katherine Norbury, Observer
Not since Ted Hughes has there been a collection of such fine and important nature poems for children. And these have the advantage of being rather more accessible to young people, without any less measure of deep awareness, sensitivity, resonance or sonority…..However the words, wonderful as they are, are only part of this book. Jackie Morris’s art spreads through it in lavish fecundity, complementing, extending, enriching the spells. [Together they make] poetry in the best sense and of the highest calibre. They use patterns of the richest and most intense language to evoke awareness of profoundly important thoughts and feelings. They illuminate life.'
Shortlisted: Waterstones Book of the Year 2017
Shortlisted: The UK's Favourite Nature Book