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Groundwood Books

Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings

Written by Francie Latour • Illustrated by Ken Daley

For students in grades K - 3 | Published November 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781773063737
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings

Regular price $16.95 CAD

36 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings

Francie Latour • Ken Daley

A Haitian American girl finds connection to generations of family lore in this story of identity, heart and home.

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.

Key Text Features
author’s note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

>Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books, 2018
  • Commended Amv©ricas Award, 2019
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