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Town Is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

tagged: multigenerational, post-confederation (1867-)
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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 grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, was a Governor General's Literary Award nominee and a Boston-Globe Horn Book Honoree. Joanne has been a children's librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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SYDNEY SMITH is an illustrator born and bred in Nova Scotia. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been in Halifax since receiving his BFA in 2006. Since then, he has collaborated with many musicians and authors, including two children's books with Sheree Fitch. He was awarded the Mayor's Award for Mable Murple in 2011.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • 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, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books

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