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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
Description

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

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

A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.

— Kirkus, 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

Only rarely in a picture book do words and art interact as potently and intimately as they do in this luminous collaboration.

— Toronto Star

Hauntingly beautiful.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Exquisitely rendered, it's a subtle day in the life title … This is, in short, a magnificent book.

— A Fuse 8 Production

This is one of the most beautiful picture books you’ll see this year. It’s picture book-making at its very best.

— BookPage

"this story ebbs and flows like the sea itself . . . one of the best illustrated books of the year . . ."

— Huffington Post

This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.

— Horn Book, 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 quietly devastating book … stirs timeless, elemental emotions.

— The New York Times

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

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