2022 has already proven to be a rough year. We’ve lost a lot the last few years and I think it’s time for a little magic.
Back in 2018, I reviewed the book “The Lost Words” by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris on my blog. Today I get to talk about the sequel! I find it amusing how tiny this tome is (especially in comparison to its giant predecessor). It is smaller than the size of a regular picture book.
This book operates on a similar premise (that we are losing creatures, places, and the words we call them by every single day) but incorporates a bit of magic in remembering them. I think the book says it a bit better though (please ignore all of the fingers in the photos):
If you know anything about me, you might already know that I’m obsessed with foxes. So when I turned the page and this stunning painting was the first thing to greet me, I knew I was going to love this book:
The illustrations are gorgeous, and the animals chosen are plentiful. The words are just as haunting as these eyes. And since I already shared the opening painting (which took my breath away), I have to share the first poem about a fox. But forgive me, it’s long.
And if you’re looking for more poetry fun this month, be sure to check out the Kidlitosphere Event Roundup!
2 thoughts on “NPM 2022 Day 2: The Lost Spells”
I’ve seen Jackie Morris’ work on twitter a little bit. Truly beautiful art by a sweet spirit. Nice to read the words by MacFarlane here. I’m considering buying this book now! Thanks for sharing it. Great feature, Jena!