Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

by Francie LaTour and Ken Daley

A girl who visits her mother’s homeland, Haiti, every winter remembers a trip... read more

A girl who visits her mother’s homeland, Haiti, every winter remembers a trip when she was seven and her Auntie Luce painted her portrait. For the girl, Auntie Luce’s stories about the country, their family, and the heroes among them both, many of whom she’s painted, were eye-opening. The girl’s mother left Haiti to escape hardship. Auntie Luce stayed because she sees joy as well as the sorrow, beauty as well as the struggle. And in the portrait Auntie Luce paints of her, the girl sees something new: a sense of belonging, and history. “You were born outside, that’s true. But you hold this place in your skin, deep in your bones,” Auntie Luce explains, “Colors do not lie.” A powerful, affirming work has additional information about the history of Haiti in an author’s note. Vibrant acrylic illustrations accompany the story. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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