Town Is by the Sea

Author(s): Joanne Schwartz; Sydney Smith

Picture Books

While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea.


Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Footpath Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.

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2018 Kate Greenaway Medal Winner

'This is a lovely book set in the 1950s about a coal-miner's son. The language is simple and the pictures evocative of the stark difference between life aboveground and the work unerneath. The text is gripping and the illustrations beautiful.' - - Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop.  

"An atmospheric, haunting story" - The Bookseller

General Fields

  • : 9781406378863
  • : Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited
  • : Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited
  • : March 2018
  • : ---length:- '21.5'width:- '28'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sydney Smith
  • : 813/.6
  • : 52
  • : Joanne Schwartz; Sydney Smith
  • : Paperback