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The Keeper of Wild Words

When Mimi finds out her favorite words — simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup — are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them. Together, the pair head out on an adventure in the wilderness, looking for DANDELION and WILLOW and all the other words that Brook will keep safe by speaking, over and over again.

Inspired by dozens of nature words cut from the recent edition of The Oxford Junior Dictionary, this touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world celebrates words, the woods, a quest to save the most important pieces of our language — by saving the very things they stand for.

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"The list [of disappearing words] is long, and the two smell, taste, and observe their way through the outdoors. Digital and mixed-media illustrations in saturated tints by Kloepper show the duo in a garden and the woods beyond... Like The Lost Words before it, this may offer a springboard for debate about the comparative value of words." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Brooke Smith
Illustrator Madeline Kloepper
ISBN 1452170738
Publication Date Mar 10, 2020
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English