The Lost Spells

House of Anansi. Oct. 2020. 120p. Tr $26. ISBN 9781487007799.
Gr 6 Up–A collaborative work of compelling words and stunning images that illuminate the wonder of nature. “Spells” is an accurate depiction of this title, as the poetry and soft colors of the illustrations weave magic over readers and transport them into the woods. From moths emerging from the darkness to owls swooping upon prey, the action of flight is a repeated theme and emphasizes how freedom can be found through language and art. Macfarlane and Morris provide a truly enchanting meeting of kindred spirits. Readers are challenged to seek out adventure in nature and find a way to share it with others.
VERDICT This is poetry for those who claim not to like poetry. Highly recommended for any library, and as a gift for all lovers of language and art.

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