Restoring Nature’s Lost Language
The Lost Words is a book about restoring nature’s lost language. This giant award-winning gorgeous book is 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, with words that are rapidly vanishing from vocabulary.
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.
The Lost Spells
The Lost Spells invites you to conjure up an animal, bird, tree or flower. From Barn Owl and Red Fox, from Grey Seal to Silver Birch and from Jay to Jackdaw. All nature that we share our living landscapes with. This little book celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze and console. The painted brushstrokes call you to the forest, field and riverbank.
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.
A work of vision and brilliance. Roots
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. He holds the EM Forster Prize for Literature.
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.
Jackie also wrote and illustrated Song of the Golden Hare. This tells the story of a boy and his family who families search for leverets orphaned by the hunt.