The Lost Words
By Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris “Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children.They disappeared so quietly, that at first, no one noticed-fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to use to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker - gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren...all of them gone! The words were becoming lost; no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories... You hold in your hands a spellbook for conjuring back these lost words.”
This is the opening paragraph to this gorgeous nature book about words that have disappeared from many children’s dictionaries...a fitting metaphor for the disappearance of nature in children’s (and adults’) lives. This is a huge, but lightweight book (look at the last pic); and with a child in your lap, you can hide away together in the poetry and pictures of the special world contained between the book covers. This is the sort of book that will sear itself on your mind and heart. I am so happy to own this book and to share it with my children at school. Read together at nighttime, walk out together in daytime...and point and say “Look!” I think Look! might be a good title for a Nature book...
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