The Lost Words is a beautifully illustrated and written new book by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. The book contains a collection of words related to the natural world that are fading from children’s lives as the wild and outdoorsy childhood disappears from western society. The book is a fantastic reminder of the importance of bringing our children outdoors so that they can experience nature.
All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world — Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds.The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.