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Town Is by the Sea (Hardcover)

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By Joanne Schwartz, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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“From my house, I can see the sea. It goes like this—house, road, grassy cliff, sea.” In a 1950s coastal mining town, a boy will follow his father’s footsteps. His ambivalence is mirrored in the stunning illustrations of the dark coal mine, which supports his family, and the light, shining sea. Text and pictures (watercolors, a bit of gouache, and delicate, strokey bold ink) harmonize in a rare and lovely way. Grades 1–4.

— Ga

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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, 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 history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a maritime mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

About the Author


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. Her other books include City Alphabet and City Numbers, with photos by Matt Beam, and two Inuit folktales with Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak -- The Legend of the Fog, illustrated by Danny Christopher, and Grandmother Ptarmigan, illustrated by Qin Leng. Her most recent book is Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Joanne has been a children's librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto. Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General's Award and was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart. Sydney has received the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781554988716
ISBN-10: 1554988713
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Pages: 52
Language: English

 

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