Town is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith
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.
Selected for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book 2017
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books 2017
Selected for the New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award 2017
Selected for the School Library Journal Best Books 2017
Selected for the Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017