Lost Things

Recently I read a poem by Rebecca Lindenberg, “At the Museum of Lost Objects.” If you’d like you can read it here.

It made me think and it reminded me of a beautiful book.

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I believe it was written a children’s book, but I believe anyone who who grew up appreciating the natural world of childhood would appreciate this book and it’s illustrations.

The Goodreads site describes it well:

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.

The words in this book were eliminated from a child’s dictionary from the Oxford University Press to make room for the vocabulary of technology. The reason was the notion that since kid’s spend less time outside and more time in front of screens, the lost words were less relevent and, therefore, expendable. That makes me sad.

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3 thoughts on “Lost Things

  1. It both dumbfounds me and distresses me that these words have been removed. Whoever made that decision is close to brain-dead in my opinion. In a world where we are losing biodiversity we should be reinforcing the notion of nature and its life-giving forces.

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