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Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Patrick Skipworth Nicholas Stevenson



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Walker Books
01 May 2020
Children's & Educational; Picture books; Educational: English language & literacy
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Etymology for very young kids! Takes a dozen common words and explains origins, contemporary English and original meanings and a simple paragraph of history. Colourfully illustrated double page spreads tell wordless stories in support of the text. Lindy Jones


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)
By:   Patrick Skipworth
Illustrated by:   Nicholas Stevenson
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 265mm,  Width: 275mm, 
ISBN:   9781912920174
ISBN 10:   1912920174
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Recommended Age:   From 6 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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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