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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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list price: $17.95
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pages: 52
ISBN:9781773062877
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
Editorial Reviews

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

— Kirkus 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 and Quire

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

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

— Huffington Post

This quietly devastating book … stirs timeless, elemental emotions.

— New York Times

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

— Horn Book

Hauntingly beautiful.

— Booklist

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