Town Is by the SeaUnknown - 2017
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.
From Library Staff
An evocative tribute, the illustrations in this book express the dichotomy between the beauty of the sea and the dangerous coal mines that exist below it. Nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award, this book brings Canadian history to the forefront in a captivating way.