The Lost Words

The Lost Words


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Do you want to celebrate the natural world and the countryside in a time when technology and cities seem to be all there is? This gorgeously illustrated volume is the ideal addition to your bedtime routine: sounding out the exquisite poems and learning words that are slowly sliding out of the national lexicon, while you admire the sumptuously illustrated pages, making up stories about the richly detailed characters and places depicted.

The publication a few years ago of words disappearing from the language of childhood – simple nature words like acorn, otter and dandelion – inspired the creation and publication of this gorgeous book, which is providing young imaginations with words, characters and places that they can use in their own storytelling.

The book is written and illustrated by Jackie Morris and Robert MacFarlane. Morris’s exquisite pictures are dreamlike and enticing, positively inviting creative play and stirring the imagination of all who see them. MacFarlane’s interests lie deeply in the natural world, as his other publications can attest, and his knowledge and passion for all things wild is clear in the words that accompany Morris’s exquisite images.

This book will transform your child’s reading time from a chore into pure delight, and you might even struggle to stop them reading when it is time for tea or bed!

  • Gorgeous gold motif pictures

  • Large book, perfect for family sharing (128 pages)

  • Beautifully crafted writing

  • A Sunday Times Bestseller and shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2018

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Recommended age:

5 years+



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