Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings
Written by Francie Latour
Illustrated by Ken Daley
Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter.
The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the tap tap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding road to her aunt’s home in the mountains.
The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings — the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.
Includes an author’s note and a glossary.
Francie Latour is a writer and editor whose work explores issues of race, culture and hyphenated identity. She was a staff reporter for the Boston Globe for ten years, and her essays have been featured on National Public Radio and the Today show. This is her first picture book.
Ken Daley was born in Canada to parents who emigrated from Dominica. He has exhibited his art in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and his work can be found in numerous private collections