The Lost Words (restoring nature language)

the lost words

The Lost Words is a giant award-winning gorgeous book by writer Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris. Called ‘a thing of astonishing beauty’ by Alex Preston of The Observer, this book about wildlife has the added benefit of teaching literature to children, with words that are rapidly vanishing from their vocabulary.

the lost words

Replace words like hashtag, voicemail and blog with words like like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn, Bluebell, Fern, Heron, Kingfisher, Newt, Otter and Willow. This book stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. A powerful backlash against the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

The book was thought up when finding that a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary (widely used in schools around the world) had dropped around 40 common words concerning nature. They were no longer used enough by children, to merit their place in the world’s best dictionary. So this beautiful book is a list of those ‘lost words’. Many reviewers (amateur and in the press) say this is the most beautiful and informative book ever published for children.

Spell Songs

Spell Songs is a beautifully presented CD that features exclusive new artwork, and a CD of new music from a wonderful collaboration including Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux. Also sold direct on the website, this is a mixed-media presentation box product, which you can also order.

A work of vision and brilliance. fRoots

An outstanding production and keepsake. Songlines

A delightful homage to nature. The Time

About the Author 

Robert Macfarlane is a prize-winning author of books about landscape, nature, people and place. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for TV, radio, stage and film. In 2017 he was awarded the EM Forster Prize for Literature, by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Illustrator

Jackie Morris wanted to be an artist, ever since she saw her dad drawing a lapwing. After designing cards for Greenpeace and Amnesty International, she fell into illustrating children’s books. She lives in Wales with her son and daughter, two odd dogs and cats of various colours (but mostly ginger). You can buy all of Jackie’s books online at Solva Woollen Mill. Look out for her upcoming book Song of the Golden Hare. This tells the story of a boy and his family who families search for leverets orphaned by the hunt, to keep them safe.