Town Is by the Sea

Category: Book
By (author): Schwartz, Joanne
Illustrated By: Smith, Sydney
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General
Awards: Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book (2017) Commended
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: April 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 52
Size: 8.25in x 11.00in x 0.25in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig.

With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of Canadian history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a Cape Breton mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

From The Publisher*A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.
Review Quote*A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.
Review Quote*Art and text meld for a powerful glimpse at a way of life that begs inspection. A thoughtful and haunting book that will stay with readers.
Review Quote*This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.
Review Quote*Hauntingly beautiful.
Review Quote*Town Is by the Sea offers some of the most beautiful paintings of sunshine on water ever painted … a powerful and profound work of art that tweaks our perspective and transcends its subject.
Review Quote*Smith's expressive, evocative spreads contrast the light-soaked landscape above with the night-black mine below … a sensitive way of helping readers understand that, for some, the idea of choosing a career is a luxury.
Review Quote*This is one of the most beautiful picture books you'll see this year. It's picture book-making at its very best.
Review Quote*Sydney Smith's gorgeous, airy illustrations showcase the beauty of childhood in the seaside town. … [Schwartz] perfectly captures the matter-of-fact thinking of a small child.