From the inspired pairing behind the award-winning The Lost Words comes a luminous hymn to nature and language adorned with Jackie Morris’s exquisite illustrations of beloved woodland creatures.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021
The unmissable sequel to bestselling, award-winning, multi-adaptation hit The Lost Words.
Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but intriguingly new in form, pocket-sized gem The Lost Spells introduces another beautiful set of spell-poems and artwork by formidable creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
As in The Lost Words, these "spells" take their subjects from relatively commonplace, and yet underappreciated, animals, birds, trees and flowers -- from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw. But they break out of the triptych format of The Lost Words, finding new shapes, new spaces and new voices with which to conjure.
Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. Above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 411 g
Dimensions: 183 x 131 x 22 mm
Praise for The Lost Words:
'The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year' - The Observer
'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic and scope of language' - The Guardian
'A breathtaking book. Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at... Accessible and magical' - The New Statesman
'Gilded and glorious, one of the year's loveliest books for all ages over 10' - The Sunday Times
The Lost Spells
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“A truly magical book.”
'The Lost Words' was one of my favourite books of 2017 with its evocative words and spellbinding images created by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. With 'Lost Spells' we are once again treated... More
Lovely book for children and adults to read over again and again. The pictures are stunning.
The perfect coffee table book!
The beauty of this book in both words and illustrations is exceptional!
This will be a superb Christmas gift for young and old!
Highly recommended to view it is to fall in love with it!
(The Snow Hare was my fav)
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