Town Is by the Sea

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$19.95  $18.55
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
11.0 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other books include City Alphabet and City Numbers, with photos by Matt Beam, and two Inuit folktales with Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak -- The Legend of the Fog, illustrated by Danny Christopher, and Grandmother Ptarmigan, illustrated by Qin Leng. Her most recent book is Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Joanne has been a children's librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General's Award and was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart. Sydney has received the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.


A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
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 is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.-- "Horn Book"
Hauntingly beautiful.-- "Booklist"
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"
This quietly devastating book ... stirs timeless, elemental emotions.-- "New York Times"
this story ebbs and flows like the sea itself . . . one of the best illustrated books of the year . . .-- "Huffington Post"