ACHUKA Book of the Day 1 Jul 2022
“The artistry and scope of the images, balanced by spare, understated and poetic language, make this a book to return to again and again, both to relish the delicate beauty of the images and to appreciate the way Paula White captures a sense of community, family and pride in this village where the land meets the sea.” Just Imagine
“Skilled draughtsmanship, mostly in black and white, conjures up evocative scenes from an old Suffolk fishing village… This nostalgic book is about a baker’s son and the contribution made by every individual in a small community.” Sunday Times
“This is a simply lovely book. A great story and wonderful illustrations that evoke a different age where everyone is valued.” 5 star Amazon review
An atmospheric look at an older way of life, and a reminder that everyone is important, no matter how seemingly small their role.
If you keep walking over the hills and across the fields, you will come to the edge, where the land meets the sea. And on this edge lies a village. This is my home. A young boy watches the grown-ups in his village go about their work. Everyone is busy: the blacksmith, the boat-builder, the baker. But most important of all, he thinks, are the fishermen who bring in the catch. The boy’s father is a baker, but he wants to be a daring fisherman when he grows up, brave enough to sail through stormy seas. He asks his father, “Have you ever been to sea?”
Paula White grew up by the sea in Suffolk. She has worked as an artist and textile designer for many years, and was also a lecturer in Visual Studies, teaching drawing and printmaking. In 2018 she graduated from the Children’s Book Illustration MA at the Cambridge School of Art with distinction. The Baker by the Sea was the overall winner of the 2019 Templar Illustration Award for the first version of this book, titled Bread, Buns And Biscuits.
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