When the Ocean Came to Town

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Nimbus Publishing Limited
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7.97 X 9.75 X 0.01 inches | 0.27 pounds

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About the Author

Emma FitzGerald was born in Lesotho to Irish parents, did most of her growing up in Vancouver, and calls E'se'katik (place of clams), also known as Lunenburg, home. She wrote and illustrated Hand Drawn Halifax, Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore, Hand Drawn Vancouver, and has illustrated the award-winning EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street. When she isn't sketching, she enjoys dancing and getting lost in new places. emmafitzgerald.ca

Sal Sawler is the award-winning author of four books including this one. They worked with YouTube star Frankie MacDonald to write Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything, which won a Moonbeam Children's Award, and was shortlisted for Yellow Cedar and Hackmatack Awards. They also wrote 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada -- For Kids, which was also shortlisted for a Hackmatack Award. If they aren't busy writing, they're probably marketing or editing a graphic novel for Conundrum Press, facilitating a workshop, or daydreaming about ocean waterslides. They live and work in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. salsawler.com


"Parents of elementary school children and their teachers can use this book as a gentle, valuable resource when approaching the topic of climate change. The whimsical art and use of colour underscores the strength of the ocean, the warmth of community, and the hopefulness in educating a child's imagination."

-- Sheree Fitch, award-winning author, poet, and Officer of the Order of Canada

"When the Ocean Came to Town tackles a challenging topic in a way that is fascinating and respectful of the young reader's ability to navigate a sophisticated and important conversation. Its thoughtful text is centred in the voice and character of the resourceful young protagonist. The illustrations are a whimsical delight, embodying the spirit of the Maritimes. A must-read!"

-- Joyce Grant, author of Can You Believe It?

"Under its topsy-turvy whimsy (brilliantly brought to life by illustrator Emma FitzGerald), When The Ocean Came To Town examines and honours our next generation's budding agency in the face of climate change. Sal Sawler's sensitively observed story reminds us that the means with which children dream of play are the same with which they listen, interpret, and imagine the world anew -- and because they do, their solutions to existing problems can prove to be more than we could ever envision. Sawler's deft and detailed writing captures these possibilities, offering them up to both young readers and their grown-ups."

-- Jack Wong, Horn Book Award-winning author of When You Can Swim