Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Author:   Patrick Skipworth ,  Nicholas Stevenson
Publisher:   What on Earth Publishing Ltd
ISBN:  

9781912920174


Pages:   32
Publication Date:   07 May 2020
Recommended Age:   From 6 years
Format:   Hardback
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Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From


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Did you know that English words come from all over the world and that their meanings have changed along their journey? Our word 'zero' comes from the Arabic word for empty space. 'Companion' is from the Latin for with bread. With simple descriptions and dazzling, evocative and witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of our language. Words included: karaoke (Japanese); zero (Arabic); guru (Sanskrit); ukulele (Hawaiian); jaguar (Tupi); royalty (Norman French); companion (Latin); kookaburra (Wradjuri); worm (Old English); mummy (Persian); caribou (Algonquin); safari (Swahili)

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Author:   Patrick Skipworth ,  Nicholas Stevenson
Publisher:   What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Imprint:   What on Earth Books
ISBN:  

9781912920174


ISBN 10:   1912920174
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   07 May 2020
Recommended Age:   From 6 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
We have confirmation that this item is in stock with the supplier. It will be ordered in for you and dispatched immediately.

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The witty illustrations add their own explanation of the meaning and connections behind each word and each word becomes part of the illustration. A useful map of language families completes a book designed to whet the appetite to explore yet more word origins. Readers will be left with a real awareness of the cultural diversity and ever-changing nature of the English language. An attractive and appealing information book that will be read with pleasure. * LoveReading4Schools * MOMENT OF TRUTH choice: A vibrantly illustrated brief dictionary of quirky words and where they come from. * Big Issue North * We love the way [Literally] teaches children about the global diversity hidden in the English language. -- Carly Glendinning * Absolutely Prep & Pre-Prep Magazine * Patrick Skipworth's latest picture book turns on our brain when delving into the science of etymology, while Nicholas Stevenson's illustrations delight the eye. Focusing on English words, the book looks at the origin of the word, it's current meaning and links the word to languages around the world. With strong ties to geography, children have fun exploring the connections to indigenous languages and cultures both past and present, showing how- no matter where we are from- we are all interconnected. A riveting must-read! * Teach Early Years Magazine * Vibrantly illustrated look at global diversity and cultures through the prism of language. From its striking yellow cover to the colour drenched inside spreads, this is a book which grabs the reader's attention ... This fascinating and accessible introduction to linguistics also has some surprises, for example the word Mummy used to describe a preserved body does not come from where you would expect! * LoveReading4Schools *


MOMENT OF TRUTH choice: A vibrantly illustrated brief dictionary of quirky words and where they come from. * Big Issue North * We love the way [Literally] teaches children about the global diversity hidden in the English language. -- Carly Glendinning * Absolutely Prep & Pre-Prep Magazine * Patrick Skipworth's latest picture book turns on our brain when delving into the science of etymology, while Nicholas Stevenson's illustrations delight the eye. Focusing on English words, the book looks at the origin of the word, it's current meaning and links the word to languages around the world. With strong ties to geography, children have fun exploring the connections to indigenous languages and cultures both past and present, showing how- no matter where we are from- we are all interconnected. A riveting must-read! * Teach Early Years Magazine * Vibrantly illustrated look at global diversity and cultures through the prism of language. From its striking yellow cover to the colour drenched inside spreads, this is a book which grabs the reader's attention ... This fascinating and accessible introduction to linguistics also has some surprises, for example the word Mummy used to describe a preserved body does not come from where you would expect! The witty illustrations add their own explanation of the meaning and connections behind each word and each word becomes part of the illustration. A useful map of language families completes a book designed to whet the appetite to explore yet more word origins. Readers will be left with a real awareness of the cultural diversity and ever-changing nature of the English language. An attractive and appealing information book that will be read with pleasure. * LoveReading4Schools *


Patrick Skipworth's latest picture book turns on our brain when delving into the science of etymology, while Nicholas Stevenson's illustrations delight the eye. Focusing on English words, the book looks at the origin of the word, it's current meaning and links the word to languages around the world. With strong ties to geography, children have fun exploring the connections to indigenous languages and cultures both past and present, showing how- no matter where we are from- we are all interconnected. A riveting must-read! * Teach Early Years Magazine * Vibrantly illustrated look at global diversity and cultures through the prism of language. From its striking yellow cover to the colour drenched inside spreads, this is a book which grabs the reader's attention ... This fascinating and accessible introduction to linguistics also has some surprises, for example the word Mummy used to describe a preserved body does not come from where you would expect! The witty illustrations add their own explanation of the meaning and connections behind each word and each word becomes part of the illustration. A useful map of language families completes a book designed to whet the appetite to explore yet more word origins. Readers will be left with a real awareness of the cultural diversity and ever-changing nature of the English language. An attractive and appealing information book that will be read with pleasure. * LoveReading4Schools *


Author Information

Patrick Skipworth studied Classics and Linguistics in London and the Netherlands, connecting the dots between ancient cultures, their histories, and their languages. Today, Patrick is a children's book editor, but he likes to write his own books when he can. Some of his favourite topics are prehistoric bugs, super-intelligent robots and legends from far away places. His favourite word is 'mosaic.' Patrick Skipworth lives in London. Nicholas Stevenson's personality and past are as colourful as his illustrations. Now living in London, he spent years in the Seychelles 'dressing like Peter Pan most days'. Nicholas produces lively, engaging, mysterious and deeply painterly work for the publishing and music industries.

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