Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea


Text: Joanne Schwartz

Illustrations: Sydney Smith


From my house, I can see the sea. Out there, off the coast, the waves have white peaks. And far below the sea, my father is digging for coal. My father is a miner, just like his father was before him. In my town, that’s the way it goes.




  • This edition

    ISBN 978-2-924332-45-0

    Released on May 29th, 2018

    27.9 x 20.3 cm

    52 pages — Hardcover
    4+ years

  • Reviews

    “The drawings by Sydney Smith subtly highlight an opposition between the brightness of the sun that makes the sea sparkle and the darkness of coal weighing on the diggers. Beautiful.”
    Marie Fradette, Le Devoir


    “A melancholic and joyful atmosphere comes out from this peaceful and dramatic book. It makes a great impression on the reader, which is pleased of having been plunged into a story both captivating and enriching.”

    Andrée Poulin, Campagne pour la lecture

  • Foreign editions

    First published in English — Groundwood Books