Boy of the Deeps

Boy of the Deeps

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James, the son of a coal miner, goes with his father for the first time to work in the mines of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but a sudden calamity puts James and his father in terrible danger. Reprint.

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James is following in his father's footsteps, and today for the first time he will descend deep into the caves below the Atlantic Ocean to begin to learn the coal miner's work.
The story follows him down into the pit, where the pit ponies live out their lives in the dark. He and his father work on a vein of coal and are just relaxing for lunch when the ceiling begins to collapse. His father is trapped by a falling beam but James manages to free him. Together they manage to dig their way out and join their companions. But everybody knows that tomorrow James, his father, and all the miners will be back down in the mine despite the dangers, for it is the only way they can earn their living.
Beautifully illustrated in an Edward Hopper style, Boy of the Deeps pays homage to the lives of these brave miners and brings the brave lives of miners to children in a vivid concrete way.

James is following in his father's footsteps, descending deep into the caves below the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Breton to learn to be a coal miner. Even though James is considered old enough to go to the deeps, his mother cautions him to take care. Coal mining is dangerous work ? and the only way his family can earn a living. Readers follow James down into the dark underworld, where he can hear the layers of rock shift around him. Will he survive his first day in the deeps?

Beautifully illustrated with textured and shadowy acrylic paintings, Boy of the Deeps vividly illuminates and honors the lives of coal miners.


Baker
& Taylor

James, the son of a coal miner, goes with his father for the first time to work in the mines of Cape Breton.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2005
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9780888996602
0888996608
Branch Call Number: J PIC WALLA
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm

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Jul 25, 2015

Very good story .

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