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The Lost Spells Family Puzzle - Alder & Alouette

The Lost Spells 1000 Piece Family Jigsaw Puzzle

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The Lost Spells jigsaw puzzle is based on the book of the same name authored by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. They are the team that created the best selling The Lost Words book and associated jigsaw puzzles and game and The Lost Spells book, this puzzle and its associated game.
These books, and now this puzzle, bring to light all the nature words being dropped by the main Children’s dictionary used in public schools and homes around the world.
These nature words are being dropped due to their lack of use by children and replaced with computer, software, hardware and online lingo. This is another wake up call about our children’s lack of time spent outdoors in nature. Why do our children not know what an acorn, an otter or a dandelion is? Who hasn’t collected acorns or blown a dandelion’s fluff into the wind? Apparently, modern day children. 

This 1000-piece jigsaw takes as its source, the glossary section of the Lost Spells book along with Macfarlane's extraordinary poems relating to each animal that is illustrated. He calls his poems ‘spells’ as he states that the more we read them to our children, the more likely our children will then venture outside to find these things, interact or observe them and then know the words again. 

The jigsaw puzzle features illustrations of over 50 different species of bird, animal and flora. It also identifies each separate item with both their common and their latin names.
What a wonderful way for you to strike up a conversation with your child about a barn owl, a newt, a fox or a daisy (daisy chains anyone!).


  • The Lost Spells Puzzle, 1000 Piece Family Jigsaw
  • Written by Robert MacFarland and illustrated by Jackie Morris. 
  • Published by Galileo Publishers, June 1, 2022.
  • 2.2" H x 14.7" L x 10.8" W (1.9 lbs) 1000 pieces
  • Family Puzzle


⚠️ WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs



"This union of natural history, poetry, art, and whimsy is, indeed, a truly enchanting all-ages book of life to contemplate, read aloud, and share." -- Booklist

"My top book of the year." -- Spectator

"Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language - and its scope." -- Jeanette Winterson

"A gorgeous book!" -- @MargaretAtwood

"Art, verse, and nature are combined with entertaining elegance in The Lost Words . . . This large, quality hardcover allows words and watercolour to shine and results in a work that can be left open at any page to stunning effect." -- Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

"A sumptuous, nostalgic ode to a disappearing landscape." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year." -- Frank Cottrell-Boyce

"A breathtaking book." -- New Statesman

"Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty." -- Alex Preston