Did you know that the word companion once meant 'with bread'....that caribou were named for their habit of shoveling snow..... or that the ancient Egyptians weren't the ones who first called preserved bodies 'mummies'?

From France to Japan, India to Brazil, East Africa to Hawaii, English words are rich with global connections. And though many of the words we use every day have journeyed far in time and space, they still carry with them the stories of their beginnings. Join Patrick Skipworth and Nicholas Stevenson as they reveal - quite literally - the rich history and cultural diversity of our language. 

A beautiful non-fiction picture book, with simple descriptions and dazzling, evocative and witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of the English language. 

Recommended from 8 years plus

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