The Lost Words (Hardcover)

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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
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Bookseller: Julia
Title: The Lost Words

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A few years ago the editors at Oxford University Press decided to remit words describing nature for words about technology from the junior dictionaries. There would be a new generation of children who would not find words like “fern” or “acorn” in their dictionaries. Lost words is an invitation for young and old alike to enjoy the 20 words that were removed, such as “adder” and “wren”. The illustrations are a celebration of the English countryside, of poetry in nature and the words we use to describe it. If you don’t close this book appreciating the poetry and wonderful illustrations, you will at least understand why we hold on to those ancient dictionaries.

— From Julia

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In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary -- widely used in schools around the world -- was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these "lost words" included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions -- the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual -- became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a "spell book" that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book -- a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781487005382
ISBN-10: 1487005385
Publisher: Anansi International
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 128
Language: English