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Town Is by the Sea

byJoanne SchwartzIllustratorSydney Smith

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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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.

JOANNE SCHWARTZ was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She is also the author of Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant, and Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, which was ...
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Title:Town Is by the SeaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:52 pages, 8.25 × 11 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554988713

ISBN - 13:9781554988716

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Book This is a beautiful, quiet story about growing up in a Cape Breton coal mining town. I've read it a few times with my kids now, and it has brought up some interesting conversations about how lucky we are to live when and where we do. The art in this book is stunning - every spread could be hung on a wall. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it. The illustrations are not my favourite but the story gives a good idea about life in a miner town.
Date published: 2017-10-26

Editorial Reviews

"A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it." - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW"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." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony." - Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW"Hauntingly beautiful." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"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." - Shelf Awareness"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." - Publishers Weekly"This is one of the most beautiful picture books you'll see this year. It's picture book-making at its very best." - Julie Danielson, BookPage"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." - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW"Only rarely in a picture book do words and art interact as potently and intimately as they do in this luminous collaboration." - Toronto Star"This quietly devastating book . stirs timeless, elemental emotions." - The New York Times"Exquisitely rendered, it's a subtle day in the life title . This is, in short, a magnificent book." - Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse 8 Production