There is a backstory to this beautiful book written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. In 2007, the new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary reflected a sad loss of vocabulary describing the natural world, with words such as ‘Kingfisher’, ‘acorn’, ‘blackberry’ and ‘conker’ removed. A significant number of words depicting animals, plants and trees that every child in the UK should know have disappeared.
We all know that our kids aren’t spending enough time outside Every few weeks a statistic hits the headlines reminding us that kids spend an average of six hours a day on screens, or that Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates. But to imagine we have reached a place where words such as ‘bluebell’, ‘weasel’ and ‘heron’ are obsolete is genuinely depressing. Kids need to learn about the natural world they live in, and to do that they need to be able to see, explore and identify it.
The Lost Words is a delightful collection of acrostic spell-poems. Designed to be read out loud, and with exquisite illustrations, it pays homage to some of those words that could have vanished from our children’s vocabulary. It is a beautiful and inspiring book that will create a new generation of nature lovers while returning others straight back to their childhood. I fell in love with this book the moment I opened it which is why I want to share it with you.
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