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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane ,. Jackie Morris Goodreads Author Illustrator. From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives.
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Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's m From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives.
Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive, British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 01, Simon rated it it was amazing. I have a tradition each year to try and find a book I can read in a day that will be some kind of foretelling of the reading year to come. Stunning art, poems and intention.
Just how I want my reading in View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read , natural-history , wainwright-prize. Back in , The Oxford University Press dropped around 50 words that were drawn from the natural world from the latest edition of its Junior dictionary; they argued that it was less relevant as children were spending less time outside and were glued to the screen of a tablet or phone.
The alarm that this caused was quite noticeable, authors such as Morpurgo, Attwood and Maitland wrote to the OUP asking for them to be reinstated in the dictionary. One of the other signatories to the letter was Robert Macfarlane. He has been collecting words on and about the natural world for many years and if you follow his Twitter feed you will see him post a new word every day expounding the delights of the world around us.
But he was in a position to do something else about it too. Words that had been floating away in the air like seeds from a dandelion clock have been found and rehomed in this sumptuous book written by Macfarlane and the artist Jackie Morris; The Lost Words. It is not a long book, the spells written by Macfarlane he claims that he is not a poet, but he is wrong has a resonance that is soothing and salient at the same time as well as having their roots deep in the natural world.
It is primarily a book for children, but many others will find solace in the way that it seeks to lead people back into the natural world make this such a special book to possess. View all 5 comments. This is a book for children. Which I didn't know at first so I was surprised by the choices of "lost words" used in this book as I didn't think them lost at all.
Then I read the book's description and thus found out that the edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was missing around forty common words concerning nature. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The authors thought this could not be, should not be - and I quite agree This is a book for children. The authors thought this could not be, should not be - and I quite agree.
Thinking about it more deeply though I love that the book has that effect , I agree that many people no longer care much for the natural world and might have seen brambles at some point, but aren't aware what exactly they are. Or they call an adder simply a snake. Or they don't know the difference between ravens and crows. This book is supposed to teach children exactly those things in an enchanting way, like a spell book. Seriously, this book is HUGE. See for yourself: This is what the pages look like in general with the text description and poetry on the left and the portrait on the right.
These are then followed by a spread showing the animal or plant in question in its natural habitat so to speak. So not much text, but apart from short descriptions just enough to give the children or older readers an idea about what the book is presenting there is also nice poetry in here - showcasing the author's love of the natural world - and, of course, the very nice illustrations.
View 2 comments. Apr 21, Hilary rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend. Shelves: male-author-or-illustrator , wouldn-t-read-again.
From reading goodreads reviews I gather this book was inspired by a list of words removed from the oxford children's dictionary although it doesn't mention this in the book. Not knowing this I could only go by what the book says it is about- words that have vanished from the language of children. I just don't understand, words like conker, dandelion and starling have not vanished from the language of children and even in poor built up areas of city, children are well aware of what these are. I e From reading goodreads reviews I gather this book was inspired by a list of words removed from the oxford children's dictionary although it doesn't mention this in the book.
I expected to find words that really were forgotten but once everyday language of children, words like peewit, bishy barnaby, mardle, hetter, grensarge. The illustrations appear to be accurate observations of nature but they are very misleading, you never see Tawny owls in the day, the goldfinches markings are wrong, you would never see seven wrens sitting together, many out of scale, wrong colours etc.
Really disappointing. View all 23 comments. Manybooks Hilary wrote: "Funnily enough it was the book you just added by Nicola Davies that attracted someone to inform me I had missed the point when all I sa Hilary wrote: "Funnily enough it was the book you just added by Nicola Davies that attracted someone to inform me I had missed the point when all I said was that I didn't find it good for the age group as it was Manybooks Hilary wrote: "And the stupid thing about Morris commenting on Miriam's review is she gives herself bad publicity and it was a nice review anyway!
Oct 04, Beth Bennett rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books , miscellaneous. Absolutely stunning, both words and illustrations. Deserves more than 5 stars. It is a shame that these words that were part of my countryside childhood have become lost to the children of today.
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It is quite scary. This work of art is sublime. The empty spaces speak volumes and truly complement the art work throughout. The spells are composed and sound magical when read aloud, as intended. Yes, I did verbalise them. This is a book I shall return to again and again. View 1 comment. Jun 03, Lou rated it it was amazing.
Absolutely exquisite! This is yet another magnificent book from Mr MacFarlane and so stunning that it takes pride of place on my shelf where many visitors pick it up. It's definitely the most breathtakingly delightful book in my collection and should be in every home, school and library, and although marketed towards children this is a book adults will also thoroughly enjoy. Jackie Morris's hand-painted illustrations are simply beautiful and complement the poems superbly. Precipitated by the Oxf Absolutely exquisite! Precipitated by the Oxford English Dictionaries decision to remove many worlds related to the natural world in favour of technology-related terms this book is a statement piece which fights against the idea of too much screen time and not enough outside time.
A magical, delightful read in each and every way! Jan 31, Viv JM rated it really liked it Shelves: zauthor-male , read-in , childrens , author-male , picture-books , zread-harder-challenge , poetry. The "lost words" of the title are words children used to know - like acorn, bramble, magpie, wren - and these words are the subject of charming acrostic poems coupled with some of the most stunning artwork I have ever seen in a children's book. A lovely book, to be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Just take a big bag to carry it home in Mar 10, Karen Witzler rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens-science-nature. Strategy Wiki. Retrieved June 26, Categories : video games Japan-exclusive video games Nintendo Entertainment System games Nintendo Entertainment System-only games Takara video games Video games based on Takara Tomy toys Video games developed in Japan Video games featuring female protagonists Action game stubs. Hidden categories: Articles using Infobox video game using locally defined parameters Articles using Wikidata infoboxes with locally defined images Articles containing Japanese-language text All stub articles.
The worship of Il or El by the early North Semitic tribes as well as to the south was an established fact as early as B. In later times these Els or Elohim were conceived as plural beings, duads and triads and more. Suffice to relate that the names of the early Hebrew gods were many and all of the local gods or baals, and particularly Ashtar and Yerahme'el.
These to the Hebrews were all Elohim, just as to the northern Semites of Palestine they were Baalhim or baals. The word El, or Al, was a far-spread name and from it the Arabians took the name of their Deities, and later the Mohammedans used it in constructing their word for God - Allah. Cheyne points out an interesting origin for the name El and ascribes it to the Phoenician alm. This word was used as the title of the chief god of the Phoenician trinity who was Yerahme'el. The title may have been thus applied but as a word it was used far earlier than this special application of it.
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In the historical fragments that we have given we have only indicated the world search, age-long, for the "lost word". In the new dispensation we are given a clear vision of how we may discover that word and apply it. Why should it ever have been lost? In all ages there have been those who possessed that word, but these have been the few who had paid the price of learn.
It was folly, to think that this "word" could ever be communicated by word of mouth or by outward sign, for it can be known only from one source and by one means. In ancient Freemasonry under the old operative system there were three masters sitting in the west, "thereby better enabling them to observe the rising of the sun in the east".
Each master bore a rod as the symbol of his office. Each rod was of different length, as follows: Solomon's rod was five units in length, Hiram of Tyre's four units, and Hiram Abiff's three units. According to Masonic tradition upon each rod was a name, just such sort of names as Chapter Masons use, though not the same names by any means. By the use of the rods, placed end to end, a right angle triangle can be formed. For example, rods of three inches, four inches and five inches placed end to end in the form of a triangle will form a perfect right angle at the point where rod 4 meets rod 3.
Rod 5 makes the hypotenuse. Now according to our ancient traditions upon the slain Hiram's rod was the full name of Deity, or perhaps the first and most important syllable. His rod was essential not only in forming the ineffable word but in completing the right angle. It was Hiram Abiff's rod for which the Craftsmen were instructed to search, and not a square. The early ritual makers have erred, I think, in making a square the implement discovered. Thus is explained the calamity that is depicted in our third degree, but the ritual as evolved since has obscured and even mutilated the secrets as well as the meanings of more ancient rites.
An actual word was lost and with it one of the three standards of Solomon's system of mensuration. Little wonder that Andonairarn received a place of honour succeeding Hiram, for only Adonairam could make another metal rod equal to that which was lost, but oven he could not engrave upon it the lost syllable Yah or word Yabweh.
It is the philosopher who points the way by which we may recover that word, for it is the real word and not any substitute that makes men and Masons good men and true. And when we have given ourselves as the price, the name enters our hearts; and when it so enters it becomes an impulse that translates itself in the expression of a life.
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