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Town Is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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multigenerational, post-confederation (1867-)
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list price: $17.95
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published: April 2017
ISBN:9781554988723
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Winner of CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
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.

About the Authors

Joanne Schwartz

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 a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

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Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Reading age:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare

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