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Town is by the Sea

Written by Joanne Schwartz

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

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LoveReading View on Town is by the Sea

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 |  This haunting book, beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolour, bears record to a long-gone way of life. A young boy describes his day, from first thing in the morning when his father leaves for work, though playtime, lunch, shopping and his father’s return as evening falls. His descriptions are matter of fact, events presented as they happen, and the sea is a constant. It’s always there, visible from the house and playground, and the boy thinks of his father under the sea at work in the mines. Scenes underground are black and oppressive, forming a sharp contrast with the other pages, bathed in sunlight, the sea sparkling in the background. The boy accepts he’ll follow his father and grandfather into the mines: ‘I’m a miner’s son,’ he says, ‘In my town, that’s the way it goes.’ A book that demands to be studied and thought about. ~ Andrea Reece

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Town is by the Sea Synopsis

Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Footpath Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.

Town is by the Sea Press Reviews

An atmospheric, haunting story about a young boy whose father digs for coal beneath the sea. The Bookseller


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ISBN: 9781406378863
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406378863
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378863
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Joanne Schwartz
Illustrator: Sydney Smith
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 52 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers

About Joanne Schwartz

Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is the author of a number of children's books including Our Corner Grocery Store, which was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Joanne has been a children's librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

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