The Lost Spells

The Lost Spells


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Like The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, The Lost Spells is an elegant and inspiring book, a delightful comfort that asks to be read aloud and shared. This beautiful collection of poems and watercolor illustrations is an homage to nature and wildlife that will delight and soothe readers as they are transported into a wider world of magic and wonder.

Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults.

The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487007799
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 314
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ROBERT MACFARLANE is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books, including The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Holloway, Landmarks, and Underland, which won the Wainwright Prize. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television, and radio. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the E. M. Forster Award for Literature in 2017. He is a word-collector and mountain-climber — and he has three children who have taught him more about the world than any book.

JACKIE MORRIS grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the highest honour in children’s book illustration, for The Lost Words. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, the Independent, and the Guardian, collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written and illustrated over forty books, including beloved classics such as The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me a Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and The Wild Swans. Jackie Morris lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

What People are Saying About This

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Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Finalist, Wainwright Prize

“A gorgeous book!” — @MargaretAtwood

“Every page is enthralling.” — New York Times

“Art, verse, and nature are combined with entertaining elegance in The Lost Words. . . This large, quality hardcover allows words and watercolour to shine and results in a work that can be left open at any page to stunning effect.” — Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

“A gorgeous coffee-table book . . . with stunning artwork made with watercolour and gold leaf, and poems on words ranging from ‘acorn’ to ‘wren.’” — PEI Guardian

“Stylish and melancholy, The Lost Words is a book to savour.” — Wall Street Journal

“My top book of the year.” — Spectator

“Sumptuous . . . a book combining meticulous wordcraft with exquisite illustrations deftly restores language describing the natural world to the children’s lexicon . . . The Lost Words is a beautiful book and an important one.” — Observer

“One of the most striking and poignant picture books of the season . . . This giant tome contains not only beautiful illustrations but a haunting series of poems that read like a summoning back of the wild . . . A book in which every page seems like an act of love.” — Herald

“A breathtaking book.” — New Statesman

“A sumptuous, nostalgic ode to a disappearing landscape.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This union of natural history, poetry, art, and whimsy is, indeed, a truly enchanting all-ages book of life to contemplate, read aloud, and share.” — Booklist

“Utterly enchanting, it’s a celebration of nature — but also language itself. If I ran the world, it’d be in every school library and classroom possible.” — Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

“One of the most stunningly beautiful books I have had the pleasure of reading (and rereading) this year.” — Fab Book Reviews

“Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language — and its scope.” — Jeanette Winterson

“The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I’ve read this year.” — Frank Cottrell-Boyce

“Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty.” — Alex Preston

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