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Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Patrick Skipworth
What on Earth Books
ISBN: 9781912920174

Literally written by Patrick Skipworth and illustrated by Nicholas Stevenson is a journey through amazing words that are in use daily. This book is a true celebration of the 'historical and cultural diversity of our language'.

Each double page spread in the book covers one word. The word is presented with a pronunciation guide, origin and meaning. The illustrations cover the meaning of the word and are incredible. The words included are familiar but also unusual such as 'ukulele' and 'mummy'. The book perfectly shows the match between words and pictures and how meaning an be interpreted through images.

This books would make an excellent starting point for the exploration of word etymology and I can imagine children wanting to research more words and create their own illustrations to match the different styles presented in the text.

There is also a helpful world map covering language families from around the world, showing how languages are interconnected, together with reference to the fact that our understanding of language and words is always evolving.

Children in key stages one and two would thoroughly enjoy this text.

32 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Bryony Davies, teacher


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