Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea

Book - 2017
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Throughout his day, a young boy thinks of his father who is working in the coal mine that is located underneath the ocean.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781554988716
1554988713
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sch
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sydney 1980-

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smacg_library May 18, 2017

This is a hauntingly beautiful book that will be especially meaningful for anyone from rural Nova Scotia. It perfectly captures the breathtaking beauty surrounding the small mining communities built up along the coast as well as the danger, uncertainty, and inevitability that was the backdrop of any mining family's life.

AL_ALYX May 14, 2017

I thought the illustrations were goregous and the story itself was very lyrical, but I didn't think that this story necessarily matched the author's note at the end of the book. I didn't feel that this story quite captured the danger of working in the mines and I don't think it was very clear that it was set in 1950. Overall, I enjoyed the illustrations and the story, but I found the nuances of it, hard to place.

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LauraMcShaneCLE
Apr 20, 2017

A lyrical tribute to labor and to the way of life in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - http://www.minersmuseum.com/history-of-mining/ This story takes place in the 50's, but there is talk of resurrecting a coal economy in Canada.

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