The inspiration for the book is a sad one. In 2007 someone noticed that the newest edition of Oxford Junior Dictionary no longer contained around forty words about natural things, including common words like acorn and dandelion. Author Macfarlane chose to right this slight by celebrating each and every one to these “lost” words.
To honor his efforts to promote nature and words, and inspired by NaHaiWriMo, a haiku:
word acorn dropped
from children’s dictionary
oak trees grow no more
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Anansi International; First Edition edition (October 2, 2018)