Town Is By The Sea

This first-person narrative portrays a day in the life of a young boy and his family in a seaside-mining town.  He describes his morning – seagulls, a dog barking, and lupines and Queen Anne’s lace along the road.  He acknowledges that at the same time his father is already “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  He then describes more of what he sees throughout the rest of his day and his father is still “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  At suppertime, his father comes home.  They talk as the sun sets “deep down under the sea where his father digs for coal.” The boy falls asleep thinking that one day, it will be his turn – he is a miner’s son.  The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are exquisite.  An author’s note is included.  mjw
Title: Town Is By The Sea
Author: Joanne Schwartz
: Sydney Smith
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
: 978-1-55498-871-6
Hardcover pages
: 52
Age range
: 5-9
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
: 2018 Kate Greenaway Award
: Canada, City and town life, Coal miners, Country life, Fathers and sons, Sea stories

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