Town Is by the Sea Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"One of the most beautiful picture books I've read this year. Smith's use of perspective and color is extraordinary, partnering so well with Schwartz's words that it evokes an overwhelming sense of purpose. A young boy describes his day, juxtaposing his bright worldview by the sea with the cramped underground coal mining of his father - one that his grandfather experienced before him. An author's note shares a brief history of coal mining towns and the cyclical impact on families who live in them. Absolutely superb." said.

" spectacular picture book, I felt like I was there with him by the sea. I could feel the salt spray and smell the sea. Wonderful. " said.

" Very moving, real, and beautifully illustrated. " said.

" I've never seen a picture book like this before. It's so beautiful! I love the sun shining on the water! It's Cape Breton! It's about coal mining and it's for young readers. Both author and illustrator are from Nova Scotia. I also love Sidewalk Flowers by the same illustrator. <3 " said.

" It goes like this:Read. This. Book. :-)(Lovely. Perfect for sequencing. Perfect for lots of things.) " said.

" A gorgeous illustration of the sparkling sea. A quiet day in a quiet town in a life that's already planned out. A bit bleak, but well done. " said.

" Ink, watercolor and gouache paintings depict the beauty of the sea, the darkness of the mine and the beauty of life's small details. Historical in its setting, there is still tension throughout the story--a fear that today he boy's father won't come home. Simultaneously there is simplicity and wonder at small town sea life and the need to follow a confining and dangerous legacy. Brilliant. " said.

" This book shares the contrast of living by the sea bright & shining yet the father works the mines under the sea-dark and dirty. The illustrations depict the message perfectly with a slight dullness on each page. Thanks to the author for sharing this book and it's story. " said.

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