The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane (author) and Jackie Morris (illustrator)

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This book begins: “Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker – gone!”

This book describes all those beautiful words and more in lyrical acrostic poetry, and the drawings of each old word are executed by Morris in watercolor, ink, and gold foil.

The illustrations of this natural world are exquisite. It is a book to take your time reading and absorbing and picking up a few new-old words.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 821.92 MAC)


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