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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

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

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