Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz

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Read Town Is by the Sea Online Free - 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.

Title : Town Is by the Sea
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ISBN : 1554988713
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 52 pages


Betsy rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how a parent can engender empathy in their children. It’s a good question and worth a lot of discussion and listening. As a parent I’ve wondered about it myself, but it's not the only question I've asked myself. How do you give a child a sense of self-worth...

Hilary rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

This is a beautiful book and would make a perfect book for boys to read with their fathers and especially meaningful to anyone who has relatives who have worked in the mines. The story follows a young boy who lives by the sea. He describes his day by the glittering sea and sunny park whilst being...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

Beautiful illustrations by Sydney Smith and a rare look at the world of a working-class little boy who is aware that he is expected to follow the other men in his family into work as a coal-miner.

KC rated it ★★★★☆

July 02, 2017

The artwork is stunning. The story is a bit too long but lovely.

Agnė rated it ★★★☆☆

September 03, 2017

3.5 out of 5 Town Is by the Sea manages to be both quietly beautiful and depressingly fatalistic. Joanne Schwartz's laconic, matter-of-fact, and somewhat repetitive text is oddly comforting, while the story's depth and mixed emotions are revealed through Sydney Smith's masterfully paced illustrati...

Joshua rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

A lovely book exploring the life of a son of a miner who must follow within his footsteps. Beautiful images supported by effective underlying picturebook codes to promote high-quality discussion throughout the story.

Nicki rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

A beautiful story about a boy who watches his father go to the mines each morning, knowing this too is his future. With detailed pictures, the reader feels empathy towards the innocent child.

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

April 19, 2017

As the Horn Book review says, "There’s a distilled, haiku-like quality to this boy’s description of an ordinary summer day in a seaside coal mining town in the 1950s." This is a book to study -- one of the best pairings of words and pictures I have seen, and masterful in tone and voice. In Sydney...

Steph rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2017

It goes like this: Read. This. Book. :-) (Lovely. Perfect for sequencing. Perfect for lots of things.) 💛

Marjorie rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2017

This is just ravishing. Sydney Smith's art -- I do not have words. The way he draws sunlight on water. Damn. But Schwartz's text resonated too -- it's a love letter to a small mining town and the families hanging in there. I found myself thinking about Rhode Island, where I grew up, which is, you...

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