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Welcome to 2019
This year our whole school displays were inspired by the beautiful picture book,
The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane.
The Lost Words is a very special illustrated collection of spell-poems to re-wild the language of children. 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.
This work stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.
Assembled in acrostic spell-poems by Robert Macfarlane and illuminated by Jackie Morris’ unparalleled skill in rendering the natural world, The Lost Words is a volume to be treasured forever. The book – standing two feet high and over 130 pages – will almost be as monumental as the world it describes, a fitting thing of beauty to arrest the decline of a language and experience that are both so quickly fading away.
Watch an exclusive interview with Robert Macfarlane about The Lost Words including Robert reading aloud of some of the book's magical nature spells.